Sudley House – Unfolding


Unfolding 18 October 2008 – ENDS 22 February 2009
Created by Liverpool artists Steve Rooney and Sue Williams in collaboration with designer Damian Cruikshank.

An exciting exhibition of paper sculptures at Sudley House is inspired by the original use of the rooms in which the artworks are displayed.

The interventions – each relating to the brain, mind and identity – are a response to work done by Steve and Sue with patients at Mersey Care NHS Trust’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool. Some of the service users’ and carers’ artwork is also on display.

imageFor the exhibition, five of Sudley’s main rooms are connected with key areas of the brain – executive function (main hall), memory (library), creative self (drawing room), social self (dining room) and industrious self (study).

Steve says: “All the works are made from paper-based material which has been folded to form three-dimensional shapes. Each of these sculptures uses geometric design to investigate different facets of the conscious mind.”


Steve and Sue have worked in partnership with Mersey Care for over five years to help people make sense of what they have been through and cope with the long-term effects of a brain injury through an innovative arts project. Taken from the Making More Sense project are 30 paintings, photographs and other artworks on show following recent visits to Sudley.

The project aims to enable the arts to have a positive effect on health. Making More Sense is funded by Arts Council England, Liverpool Culture Company and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

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