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Artwork in Healing Garden – Dementia Care

Artwork in Healing Garden – Dementia Care

Glass butterflies in the healing garden created by patients with artist Sue Purser Hope

Two local artists were commissioned to create artwork with patients for display in the Dementia Care Ward’s healing garden at New Cross Hospital. 

Patients and staff contributed to making beautiful mosaics and glass butterflies during four participatory art workshops with the artists Susan Purser Hope and Caroline Jariwala. Four Trust art volunteers assisted with the workshops, developing their volunteering skills. The artwork introduces calming colours and focal points for patients in the garden, improving patient experience and patient environment.

This specialist ward cares for patients who have dementia and complex medical needs.  The healing garden was funded through The King’s Fund “Enhancing The Healing Environment Programme‟.

The project was planned during 2011 and the Matron and Sister of the Dementia Care ward had consulted with patients to find out about their interests for the garden and ideas on themes for artwork.  The artists were commissioned to work in response to the patient’s ideas.   

To find out more about the artists involved in this project have a look on their websites:

Susan Purser Hope

"The patients were stimulated throughout the arts workshops. It brought a lovely atmosphere to the dayrooms. Positive feedback was given by patients and ward staff."

Occupational Therapy Staff member comments on the workshops.

Ward staff supporting patients during glass art workshop
Contact Details: Arts Manager | Email: rwh-tr.Arts@nhs.net | Tel: 01902 307999
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