My name is Andrew Brooks and I am an artist based in South East Scotland looking for people with FND to take part in my exciting new project. I am looking for willing participants to talk about their life with FND. The aim of the project is to represent the lived experience of those diagnosed with FND.
Functional Neurological Disorder is a constant part of my life as my wife was diagnosed with it in 2015. While studying a Fine Art MA I began to make and exhibit work about our experiences living with FND reflecting on our married life. Following this I broadened the project and made further work with members of Southwest England based charity ‘FND Friends’. I have secured funding from Creative Informatics through their ‘Connected Innovators’ program delivered in partnership with Creative Edinburgh. This has enabled this project and allowed me to continue making work with those diagnosed with FND as a way of raising awareness about the condition and FND Hope UK are supporting me in this. I am an independent artist and not affiliated with FND Hope UK.
I’d love to speak to people with a wide variety of symptoms to show the breadth of the condition. Previously I’ve conducted the process in person and this has worked well however this is not essential and I’d love to chat to anyone that is interested.
If you’re interested in being involved, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or through Instagram- @bajbart (https://www.instagram.com/bajbart/) and Twitter- @bajbart (https://twitter.com/bajbart). If you’d like to find out more you can also take a look at my website where there are more details about the project specifics and answers to frequently asked questions:
I’m hoping to make a wide range of art work as part of this project – video, sound, words and paper and ink. Alongside details of this project you can also see examples of my previous work on the website link above.
Above: ‘Referral’, 2019, Andrew Brooks. This piece was exhibited as part of exhibition ‘Disordered States’ in ‘Fringe Arts Bath’. It makes reference to the courses of NHS treatment his wife experienced which were generally 6 sessions over 6 weeks, typically having waited 6 months following GP referral.