UWE Bristol lecturer wins art prize for etching based on physiotherapy interventions

Issue date: 07 May 2015


A senior lecturer in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) won an award in the drawing category of an Art and Health competition hosted at the World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2015 congress in Singapore. This is held every four years and is attended by physical therapy researchers, clinicians and educators worldwide. He was also an abstract reviewer and had an abstract on a survey of UK physiotherapy practice for plantar fasciitis accepted at WCPT 2015.

The winning artwork by Dr Rob Grieve is a dry point etching called 'Freedom of Movement'. The drawing was scratched onto a Perspex plate using a sharp etching tool and depicts two figures positioned head to toe with darkly etched marks on one figure and lighter crisscrossed marks on the other figure.

Rob said, “I made this etching especially for the Art and Health competition. Normal movement is an essential element to all therapeutic interventions and I have represented movement through presenting the two figures moving in opposite directions.

“My inspiration is based on the importance of movement in relation to physiotherapy assessment and treatment options. The artwork is simple but hopefully conveys a message.”

Rob has recently studied printmaking and had a lino print exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy 162nd open exhibition in the autumn of 2014. He has always been interested in art, “I have been drawing cartoons for the past 20 years but the printmaking is a recent interest. I have been attending printmaking evening classes in Bath for the past 18 months.

“The recent work has also inspired me to investigate the potential for integrating art, health and education that I hope to develop for the students studying physiotherapy at UWE Bristol.”

The WCPT 2015 Art and Health Competition 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.

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