Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists

Carole Thorpe-Gunner

Carole is a trained artist and qualified teacher who has lived in beautiful Shropshire for over eighteen years.

Carole was diagnosed with a condition called Dystonia in 2005 - a neurological movement disorder in which faulty signals from the brain cause muscles to spasm and pull on the body incorrectly. The condition changed her experience of art dramatically; creating became a much greater challenge, physically and mentally.

Through Dystonic Forms, Carole uses her own experience of Dystonia to enable others to express themselves through art-forms and creativity.

About Dystonic Forms​​​​​​​
Dystonic Forms is a community project which draws upon creative forms of art and sculpture to express experiences of living with Dystonia, kindly supported by the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

Dystonia is an unexplained neurological condition. Globally, Dystonia is one of the most common movement disorders, alongside Parkinson’s Disease and Tremor however, relatively few people have heard of it.

Artist Carole Thorpe-Gunner, the spearhead behind the Dystonic Forms project, designed the project to creatively unify others living with the condition and similar movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s and MS.

Due to COVID-19, the exhibition was not able to go ahead as planned, however Dystonic Forms are very happy to be able to bring this to audiences digitally.

You can view the Dystonic Forms Exhibition e-book online.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

View a film about the project on Facebook here.

Carole Thorpe-Gunner sits in a garden, surrounded by green foliage and red flowers.

Updated 2021