Could you imagine having kidney disease? Most of us don’t give a second thought to our internal hidden organs. What if someone asks you to write a letter to your kidneys? What would you say?
Clinician/researcher Barny Hole and Writer/ Arts-health facilitator Elspeth Penny have been working with a selection of kidney patients to do exactly this. Older people, younger people, donors, patients on dialysis and a clinician. Using the old-fashioned communication methods of phone calls and letter writing in a world where zoom currently rules, we asked for a simple letter to start with, then as participants got used to the idea, we sent them art packs to help them create a series of Letters to my Kidney/s. We found the results touching and illuminating. This was our introduction of the exhibition.