AN exhibition of artworks produced by patients recovering from brain injuries has been hailed as a “triumph of spirit”.

The World of Glass is hosting the display of images that have been created by people being treated by the TRU Ltd (Transitional Rehabilitation Units), based in Haydock.

The artists are relearning life skills after suffering brain injuries as a result of an accident or injury.

Brushstrokes and creations, produced on paper or mixed media, are said to be a way of the patients expressing feelings or emotions that may have become locked away because of their injuries.

Describing the nature of the exhibition, leaders at the unit wrote: “Imagine struggling to recall what you ate for breakfast this morning, or trying to sort putting socks on before shoes – these are simple acts for many, but for some individuals living with a brain injury, they become daily challenges.

“This is why the exhibition, featuring the works of 20 individuals overcoming the changes brought about by brain injury, is a testimony to the human spirit in us all.

“Along with traditional therapy and skills training offered during rehabilitation sessions, clients have opportunity to express themselves through the medium of art.”

Each artwork is accompanied by a short comment or story by the artist, explaining their work or the story behind their efforts.

Several have a deeply personal relevance to the creator.

One bright painting of a home surrounded by rainbows was painted by a young man who has achieved his goal of living in his own home There is also delicate paper cutting of a solitary tree by a woman who taught art in her youth, and the thoughtful combination of poetry and art from a young man who edited a literary magazine.

A TRU spokesman added: “Many clients find that their creative work offers a canvas for feelings they may be unable to express with words.

“The show is a triumph in that the artists involved have not allowed their injuries to define who they are as individuals.”

The exhibition will be showcased at the World of Glass museum until April 30.