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Rewired 2017

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Rewired: The Brain, Art, and Innovation

Presenting an evening featuring connections between neuroscience, art and innovation.




Rewired features leading neuroscience researchers, tech innovators, and top artists.


  • Sue Austin (celebrity TED speaker): Becoming the artist: Engineering the diving & flying wheelchairs 
  • Madison Mcgrew: Dance-Science performance
  • Dr Adam Kampff: Enhancing intelligence with virtual reality
  • Dr Nikhil Sharma: Innovating the UK’s 1st early diagnostic motor disorder clinic + Sophie Adams Ballet Company, Fiona Mclean-Buechel (violin) & photography from Miles Pilling
  • Miles Pilling: Scooter shooting – from the BBC to unique perspectives on photography
  • Tanztheater Adrian Look (feat. patient-advocates: Chris D’Souza, Charles Verrall, Rachael Dougherty): Living beyond boundaries – contemporary dance + stories of disability through dance 
  • Dr Ed Wild: Tackling an incurable disease at its source + Highly Sprung Performance Company
  • Dr Stephanie Wilson and Dr Celia Woolf: speech and human-computer interaction

Featured conditions: Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis, Huntington’s disease, Dementia, Aphasia

Arts: live dance, live music, short theatre/dramatic arts piece, photography, virtual reality and more!



The event aims to raise public awareness of neurological conditions using artistic collaborations and cutting-edge research.


*Proceeds support people with neurological conditions. The target area for the donations will be decided by the audience.

For more background history on this event click the following link entitled Rewired History.


Date and Location

10th March 2017

7pm to 9pm

Ondaatje Theatre (Royal Geographical Society)

1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR



£12 (£10 concession)




For media inquiries, please write to contactus@movementforhope.org



Seize the Day

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Seize the Day: Life Experiences Through Dance 

An art-science dance performance that explores stories of an unexpected disease diagnosis and how it changes a person’s perspective. The dance shares a journey through diagnosis, challenges, triumphs and hope.   

After the dance, there will be a question & answer session with participants including UCL/UCH researchers, dancers, and patient-advocates.

Featured conditions:
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Motor Neuron Disease
Transverse Myelitis

These conditions are severely disabling and the people behind these stories share a common and powerful story for overcoming the challenges associated with them.


Date: Friday 1st July 2016
Time: 19.15
Venue: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN
Booking: seizetheday2016.eventbrite.co.uk

£12 (£10 conc)

Tickets include the Q&A and programme; Event proceeds support people affected by brain and spinal cord illnesses.

This evening performance is commissioned and collaboratively developed by Movement for Hope and performed by Tanztheater Adrian Look.  Additional collaborations include UCL/UCLH researchers, patients and volunteers.  This event is supported by Movement for Hope, UCL and The Physiological Society.


Previous performance:

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2016
Time: 19.30
Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH


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Neuro-Creativity Exhibition 2016


Neuro-Creativity is an educational art-science exhibition to improve public knowledge of Motor Neuron Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Cervical Dystonia and Brain Tumour, and current research on these conditions. It features unique artists who paint with their eyes or became artists after being diagnosed with a disabling disease. Descriptive cards from researchers accompany the artworks, to explain featured conditions, current research and available treatments.


The private view (buy tickets here), with live music and free drinks, will be a unique opportunity to meet the artists. You will have the chance to know more about their work and personal stories. Artworks will be on sale – 20% of the proceedings will go towards adaptive equipment purchase, research and awareness-education.


Aim: To raise awareness and educate about neurological conditions using art as a medium. 



  1. To raise awareness of neurological illnesses using art as a medium 
  2. To provide a deeper understanding of each featured neurological condition
  3. To raise awareness of how a neurological illness shapes a person’s artistic expression

Date: Monday 26th September to Sunday 2nd October 2016 – Private view on Thursday 29th September

Venue: The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London, W11 2AY

Price: Tickets for the private view (£5 + fees) available here


  • The Tabernacle is fully accessible for people with disabilities, however they do not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There is level access into the venue. Level access is present in most areas throughout the building.
  • There are 2 lifts taking to all levels in the building. The Gallery is on the ground floor.
  • There are Disabled Toilets available on both the Ground and First Floors of the Tabernacle.
  • If disabled and attending the private view, you can contact the venue to arrange access to the venue prior to the main audience.

Further information:

For more information on venue accessibility, please contact Niki Kudar.
For more information on the event, please contact Rohisha Luchun and Sarah Ezekiel.

Education Pilot – Africa

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Cross-disciplinary Awareness-education Pilot in Nairobi, Kenya


The Problems:

  • Stigma and discrimination due to lack of awareness and traditional cultural beliefs that neurological illnesses, particularly epilepsy, are contagious and a curse.
  • 1 in 9 people with epilepsy go untreated in Africa due to lack of resources and awareness-education

Why Kenya?

Nairobi Kenya is the headquarters of our partners at the African Neurological Disease Research Foundation (ANDREF). We hoped to pilot there first and expand the programme with grassroots organisations throughout Africa.

The Pilot Objectives:

Short-term goals

  • Provide a Cross-disciplinary awareness-education model to improve stigma and discrimination of epilepsy
  • Distributing Information resources for students

Long-term goals

  • Developing a replicable awareness-educational program for ANDREF to continue in clinics and schools
  • Foster a generational cycle of change in the perception of epilepsy and other neurological illnesses in Africa as treatable conditions.


  • We piloted an innovative cross-disciplinary awareness-education model that included a combination of dance, film, lectures and pop-quizes to improve stigma and discrimination of epilepsy in two schools in Kenya
  • We ran the pilot with over 2,000 students and tested their knowledge using lectures from Movement for Hope researchers and former Miss University of Nairobi who has epilepsy, combined with before and after questionnaires. Overall, students went from 8% to 97% increased learning of epilepsy.
  • Movement for Hope worked directly with ANDREF to further develop the cross-disciplinary education model so that it was replicable and sustainable with local partners in Nairobi to continue in schools
  • Movement for Hope volunteers successfully distributed information on epilepsy to the community and students, providing immediate guidance on how to help someone having a seizure, and local support resources.

Further Impact

  • We are also delighted to announce that the piloted Movement for Hope cross-disciplinary education model and ANDREF Film has now been accepted into the Ministry of Education.
  • Our team will continue to work with ANDREF to develop and expand sustainable health-education programs and improved models for sustainable healthcare


Thank you to the generous funders at the Youth Funding Network and public donations at the UK Breakdance Championship World Finals 2012, and to the volunteer dancers at Awareness Through Dance, volunteer therapists and community advocates from ANDREF and all the volunteers at Movement for Hope that contributed to this pilot.

Photos produced by Adam Illsley

Rewired: The Brain, Art & Innovation

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The Brain, Art & Innovation


Movement for Hope and UCL Brain Repair and Rehabilitation presented an inspiring evening event featuring connections between neuroscience, art and health. For more background history on this event click here.


Videos from this event can be viewed here






1.) The aim of this event was for researchers to creatively disseminate their research to a lay audience to raise awareness. Researchers collaborated with artists and patient-advocates to create dynamic talks that incorporated the arts.

2.) 100% of ticket sales support people with neurological conditions. The target area for the donations will be decided by the audience.

1.) All researchers were able to creatively present their work and also spent some time prior to the event bridging the communication gap and understanding of research with their collaborators. The event was presented connected sections of art and science.

2.) From an audience of 332 people, 64% of audience members donated their tickets
toward research. 18% donated their tickets toward awareness-education and 18% toward adaptive equipment purchases to support people with neurological conditions.

The 2014 Programme Included:

MagazineAdvertTextElliot Balchin – Compere – Starred in BBC medical shows, Doctors and Casualty, ITV dramas Bernard’s Watch and Peak Practice, as well as Channel 4 Soap opera Hollyoaks
Alexander Seifalian (TEDMED) Growing organs using nanotechnology
Leonor Goncalves – Chronic Pain + Live Music (Liquid Strings trio)
London Contemporary Dance School A story of diagnosis and hope
Sarah Ezekiel – celebrity artist – eye-gaze tech and painting
Patrick Lewis – Dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease) and genetics + portraits/multimedia images
• Music by Josh Osho – celebrity singer-songwriter
Stephanie Forkel – Stroke induced language loss
Jasper Poort – Visual perception + paintings/images and projection mapping videography
Rupert ‘Bass6’ Oldridge and Carl ‘Soundbytz’ Orza – Live Beatboxing


4th February, 2014
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH

For further details contact:
Email: contactus@movementforhope.org
Volunteering: register here


Neuro-creativity Art-Science Exhibition

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Neuro-creativity was an exhibition within a hospital setting, featuring rare and unique artists who discover their artistic talent after the onset of a neurological illness. The exhibition also has collaborative information from researchers at UCL Institute of Neurology about research on each condition featured.

The exhibition aimed to raise awareness and potential funding support from painting sales, for the featured neurological conditions and inspire current hospital patients and viewers.
Artists featured in the February exhibition include:
Sarah Ezekiel: an artist with Motor Neurone Disease.
Andy Wild: an artist with Brain Tumour and Epilepsy.
Lisa Todd: an artist with Cervical Dystonia.

Sarah: 100% of proceeds go towards adaptive eye-gaze equipment.
Andy: Paintings are for awareness only.
Lisa: 25% of proceeds goes towards research on cervical dystonia
The exhibition saw over 2,000 people. We received a substantial number of comments in our comments box that can qualitatively be assessed as having impacted several patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and lay public members.

Click on the video images below to play video

Neuro-creativity Reaction Video:

Sarah’s journey to painting:


February 4th – 28th
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
(near the Basil Samuel Outpatient Unit)
London, WC1N 3BG
United Kingdom

Painting and Participation Enquires:

To participate in our next exhibition or if any of the paintings interest you, please send us an e-mail expressing interest to paintings@movementforhope.org

Exhibition & Other Info:

For exhibition enquiries or more information please contact us at contactus@movementforhope.org


TEDx talk on Uniting Art & Science

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TEDx: Movement uniting cross-disciplinary work

The founder of Movement for Hope paves an interesting path for our perceptions of movement, explaining different components of movement (i.e. scientific, social and creative components) and how they are associated with the human experience. As we near the end this journey through the various aspects of movement described, we learn how to can take definitions of movement and use them to connect art and science in a meaningful way.

The videos featured in this talk can be seen individually below:

Sarah Ezekiel and daughter Aviva:


Paint Aware Demo:

Biological and Artistic Movement:

Graffiti and Research Collaboration -Germany

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Graffiti Meets Science in Berlin

Movement for Hope teamed up with stencil graffiti artist known as Plotbotterrobboter Ken (or Plotbot Ken) and Stattbad Wedding to do a public wall mural for Movement for Hope. The piece demonstrates the unity of art and science and it’s ability to inspire hope.

Movement for Hope collaborated with clinical researchers at Charite Hospital to unite the graffiti time-lapse footage with awareness information, educating public audiences on two movement-debilitating diseases, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.

Special Thank you to Jascha Silbermann’s consultancy for the projects in Berlin.