Mandala & Symbolism
Collaborative Canvas Project at Teenage Cancer Trust, University Heath Hospital of Wales
The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit within the Cardiff University Hospital for Wales is a charity that focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer. This collaborative canvas is the final product of a series of art workshops at the Unit, inspired by Mandalas and Symbology. All art made during the workshops was produced initially through drawing and painting and primarily through exercises that come in the form of drawing, painting to music and getting in touch with your own inner feelings as a form of expression.
The participants were encouraged to look within and work intuitively with symbols and motifs that are valued and devoted by the individuals. The canvas is a final piece exclusively created by the patients, families, staff and visitors alike and simply facilitated by the artist.
The Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness, and this also represents very well the collaborative spirit in the creation of this canvas for this project.