Kalana Mithuru Sevana and the Department of Fine Arts together with the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities of the university invited staff counsellors and students for a conversation with Dr. Shánali Perera titled “Transforming the illness experience with Art” on the 14th of August 2017 at the Seminar Room of the Career Guidance Unit.
Dr. Perera (MBBS MRCP) is based in Manchester, UK, and at present, is a patient under the care of Rheumatology at the Manchester Royal infirmary treated for vasculitis, a long-term condition. In her presentation, Dr. Perera shared candidly her ‘lived experiences’ of illness and disability, of using digital art to document her illness experience and how digital art has been a catalyst for healing and in managing chronic pain. Dr. Shanali Perera interspersed her talk with her digital art and shared the findings of key research studies which have used art in healing.
This event was participated by Dr. (Ms.) Shyamani Hettiarachchi, the Director of the Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities, the Counselors of the Kalana Mithuru Sevana (KMS) including Dr. S.S. Weligama, the Director of KMS and the undergraduates of the Department of Fine Arts of the University.