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INSPIRATIONAL: Artist hosts first exhibition after suffering injury in shooting

 Published on: 16th October 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman whose recovery from a life-changing injury began in Stanmore has hosted her first exhibition as a quadriplegic artist.

In 2020, Natalie Bignell was the victim of a gun crime incident in Hackney. She was shot through the neck, resulting in a spinal cord injury.

After getting to the point where she was able to breathe by herself, Natalie spent six months in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

She said: “My rehab started at Stanmore’s specialist spinal centre, where the amazing team helped me regain some movement back in my shoulders, arms and wrists. This was the point I started to draw again, but without the use of my hands.”

Natalie held a debut solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery from September 28 to October 3, entitled Splitting Seeds – An Exploration of Paralysis and Art Making.

She said: “It’s been a journey to get to this point and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved.”

Keep up with Natalie’s journey at sneaky_biggers on Instagram.

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