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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Service users, carers and staff show creative talents during Activation Week!

Service users, carers and staff show creative talents during Activation Week!

The Trust hosted a fantastic Activation Week in collaboration with arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms last week.

Hospital Rooms led 11 art workshops across wards on the Springfield and Queen Mary sites. Artists Tim A Shaw, Sara Berman, Richard Mark Rawlins, Susie Hamilton and Steve Macleod came up with a rich array of creative sessions that ranged from painting on trainers to developing photographs in the sunshine. They saw an abundance of talent within our wards and are going to continue working with us over the coming 2 years to eventually create the artworks for the new hospital. 

Our wards will now be taking part in the Hospital Rooms Digital Art School, which sees the country's top artists and arts educators leading art workshops via zoom for inpatients in mental health wards and people in the community. Hospital Rooms have provided all the art materials needed for these sessions and we look forward to seeing what will be made by service users and staff over the next 8 weeks. The live sessions happen on Thursdays at 2pm (starting 29 April) or you can follow their on demand videos. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to service users and staff alike who have welcomed the charity with open arms and been incredibly enthusiastic to play a part in the creation of the artwork for the new hospital being built at Springfield.

During the Arts Activation Week, Hospital Rooms visited Phoenix Ward, Bluebell Ward, Jupiter Ward, Wisteria Ward, Laurel Ward, Rose Ward, Ruby Ward, Turner Ward, Halswell Ward, Ward 2 and Ward 3. They are looking forward to leading sessions in our other wards and at the Recovery College next time. 

Watch our news and social media to learn more about this project and how to get involved. If you have any questions about the collaboration, please contact Niamh White on niamh@hospital-rooms.com.

This is the very first step in an exciting process of co-production to ensure our new facilities are decorated in line with service user needs. You can find out more about our developments here. A video from the Activation Week is available here.