A congress delegate inspects the winning entries, including (left) the overall winner Greta Rosa

WCPT art and health exhibition: winners on show

Winners of WCPT’s 2015 art and health competition received certificates and had their entries on show during the WCPT Congress in Singapore in May.  

Among those present was Rob Grieve, a senior lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Bristol, UK. His drypoint etching, entitled “Freedom of movement”, won the drawing category.

“The movement in the picture is in opposite directions, yet united in its similarity and independence,” he said, having received his winner's certificate in the congress exhibition hall. “It took a while to come up with the idea but the execution didn’t take long.”
 
He embarked on the work specifically for the WCPT art and health competition, which invited pieces of artwork relevant to physical therapy, including representations of human movement, fulfilling potential, physical therapy encouraging independence, and physical therapy across the lifespan. There were categories for photography, painting, drawing and sculpture.
 
The overall winner of the competition was a series of sculptures titled "Man gets back up" by Greta Rosa, a physical therapist from Italy. The sculptures, made from thermoplastic splinting material, show how physical therapy encourages independence, both physical and psychological, after an illness or accident.
 
The winner in the painting category was Fereshteh Pourkazemi, a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She is a self-taught artist who has painted all her life. Last year she started painting portraits for the first time when she was completing her PhD – “I had to release the pent-up energy through portraits. It was a good way of channelling stress.”
 
The inspiration for her art and health competition entry was Aimee Mullins – an athlete, model and actress with an amputation.
 
“She showed that adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume our living,” said Fereshteh. “It’s part of our life. I think of it like my shadow.” 
 
The vivid colours in her picture represent both the challenge and potential of change. Her painting is being used in early publicity for this year’s World Physical Therapy Day. The theme is “Fulfilling potential”.

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