AHCG Woodlands Lodge - Art Exhibition of WW1 & WW2 Military Artwork
On 7 th November Woodlands Lodge, Formby, hosted an art exhibition displaying local artist Tony Braham’s military artwork. Woodlands Lodge and the Athena Healthcare Group are committed to supporting the local communities that they are a part of – because together, we’re better.
Having served in the Lancashire Fusiliers from 1958-1960 and been a standard-bearer for the Royal British Legion in Southport, Tony’s military experience has been the primary inspiration and focus of his artwork. After taking up drawing after his retirement, 27 years ago, Tony soon realised that he had a natural talent. His work primarily consists of both oil paintings and large-scale pencil drawings.
Both residents and visitors admired the artwork commemorating WW1, WW2 and the Iraq War. Everybody was eager to meet Tony and learn more about the history behind each piece.
Studies show that art therapy, music therapy and other creative practices produce numerous benefits. Creating and viewing art acts as a welcome distraction from the everyday, alleviating boredom and reducing anxiety which can lead to increased self-esteem and cognitive abilities.
Tony’s artwork draws on significant and memorable events, inspiring reminiscence. Reminiscence is especially important for older people; recalling fond memories can also improve cognitive abilities, increase communication and alleviate symptoms of depression through re-establishing meaningful connections. Art, music, books and photographs are just a few techniques that prompt memory recall to instil a sense of identity, making people feel valued and content.
Arts and crafts are often incorporated into many daily activity schedules throughout Athena’s lodges, which supports fine motor skills, mental health and communication skills through conversations generated around the work produced.
To view more of Tony’s remarkable artwork, follow the link below to his Flikr page: https://www.flickr.com/people/tonybramham/