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‘Empowered’ - The Art and History of Cerebral Palsy Midlands opens 13 October

‘Empowered’ - The Art and History of Cerebral Palsy Midlands opens 13 October

8th October 2012

Harborne-based charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands will be joining forces and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to host an arts and history exhibition at the Museum’s Community Gallery from the 13th October 2012 to the 1st January 2013. Titled ‘Empowered’, the exhibition will display artwork produced by artists from the charity and show the history of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, one of Birmingham’s oldest charitable organisations.

Harborne-based charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands will be joining forces and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to host an arts and history exhibition at the Museum’s Community Gallery from the 13th October 2012 to the 1st January 2013. Titled ‘Empowered’, the exhibition will display artwork produced by artists from the charity and show the history of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, one of Birmingham’s oldest charitable organisations.

The exhibition will allow visitors to find out more about living and thriving with cerebral palsy and will celebrate artistic talent and success regardless of disability. The exhibition is also an opportunity to educate local school groups around different themes of art and disability history.

Cerebral Palsy Midlands is a charity which has supported and empowered people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities since 1947 throughout Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Dudley. The organisation set up the first school in England and Wales for children with cerebral palsy, which educated thousands of pupils from 1949 to 1982.

Commenting on the Empowered exhibition, Adam Williams, Press Officer of Cerebral Palsy Midlands said: ‘The Empowered exhibition is a fantastic example of showing off the talents and successes of people from Birmingham, regardless of background, gender and disability. As a community of people, everyone at Cerebral Palsy Midlands has been thrilled at the prospect of displaying our artwork and heritage in the Community Gallery at the museum. We wholeheartedly thank everyone at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery for the opportunity and the support of creating Empowered.

‘2012 has been a momentous year for Cerebral Palsy Midlands, as the organisation celebrated the 65th Anniversary of its formation in June. We hope that everyone who visits the exhibition enjoys the experience of seeing people's achievements, and can gain inspiration from this success.’

Richard Statham, Audience Development and Interpretation Manager at Birmingham Museums, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to showcase the vibrant artwork and rich heritage of CPM at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this autumn. Following on from the Paralympic Games this summer, we are sure that visitors to the exhibition will be uplifted and inspired by the work of CPM’s artists and the charity’s story.’

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