Not the Same Poet, But Always an Artist

Hazel Hammond’s exhibition ‘Not The Same Poet, But Always An Artist’ opens at Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust & the Arnolfini on 1st October, with short films released online in the build up to World Stroke Day.

Hazel Hammond has been a poet and an artist for over 40 years. In 2018 she had a stroke and now lives with Aphasia, a changing condition affecting over 350,000 people in the UK affecting ability to speak, write and read. Learning to use words again is tricky for a poet!

Not the Same Poet, But Always an Artist explores the effects of Aphasia on Hazel’s work as she rediscovers her artistic practice through drawings, film making and other art forms. These films are a yearlong collaboration between Hazel, BiggerHouse Films and Liz Clarke and chart Hazel’s recovery and the role of creativity in her recovery.

Not the Same Poet, But Always an Artist consists of exhibitions of drawings and photographs at the Arnolfini, and Southmead Hospital as part of the Fresh Arts Programme, including film showings and workshops for  people living with Stroke, their families and the medical staff  involved in their care.

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Southmead Hospital, Bristol: 7 September to 18 December 2021
Usually the hospital is open between 8am and 8pm.  However, visitor numbers are limited by Covid guidelines within the hospital (which may be different to national guidelines) so please check with before setting out.  Please note that ALL visitors must observe hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing rules in order to keep themselves, Southmead staff and patients safe.

Arnolfini, Bristol: 1 to 31 October 2021
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm each week. Entry is free.


Workshops, Film Showings and Talks

Thursday 21st October, 1-2pm

Workshop for health professionals via zoom 1-2pm.  Please contact Fresh Arts with booking enquiries: fresh.arts[at]

Friday 29th October, 1-3pm

In Person Workshop at Arnolfini for people affected by Stroke, their families, carers and allys. More info & book here

Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st October all day Film Showing in the Dark Studio at Arnolfini. All films will be showing on a loop. Come in and watch the very first screening at your leisure. No booking required.

Sunday 31st October 3-4pm Q&A with Hazel, Liz and Tom- the team behind creating the work. This Q&A will cover the role of creativity in recovery, our creative process and Hazel’s insights into art, life and poetry post brain injury.  The panel will be chaired by Lerato Dunn (Arts Development Officer, Bristol City Council, community dance practitioner and Board member of Arts & Health South West) More info & book here

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