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Children's Ward Arts Project

Children's Ward Arts Project


During the summer of 2012, an arts project on the Children’s Ward engaged sixty-eight patients (children and young people) in making pieces of artwork inspired by the theme ‘under the water’.

A series of eight arts workshops took place on the Children’s Ward in the playroom. Patients who were too unwell to leave their bed were provided with suitable arts resources at their bedside so they could still take part. Supporting their young children to take part, forty-one parents / relatives also got involved. Over one hundred pieces of ‘under the water’ themed artwork were created.

The project was planned in consultation with patients and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of Trust staff including the Arts Co-ordinator, Children’s Wards Play Specialist, Play Leader, School Teacher and Teaching Assistant (from the Children’s Ward School Service). Two of the Trust’s art volunteers assisted with facilitating the arts workshops to develop their arts volunteering experience and skills.

The pieces of patient’s artwork have been digitised and incorporated into large digital artwork designs. These digital artwork designs are then printed onto large panels to display on the Children’s ward. This will contribute to creating a healing environment for our young patients and provide vibrant artwork as positive distractions.

Eight ‘under the water’ themed pieces of digital artwork are on display in the Child Protection suite examination room, which is used on a frequent basis for forensic examinations.

Another arts project took place during 2013 on the Paediatric Assessment Unit, Children’s Ward.

The aim was to improve the patient experience and environment for our young patients. The project artist Emily Campbell was set the challenge to incorporate over one hundred pieces of artwork made by our young patients during the previous summer arts project, into large pieces of art for display on walls and windows in the Paediatric Assessment Unit.

Young patients and staff advised the artist on ideas and designs. The theme of ‘Fantasy Fish and Sea Creatures’ was decided upon. The artist incorporated the children’s artistic creations into her designs, resulting in forty three pieces of art for display.

Pictured top right:

  • Young person taking part in the arts workshops at their bedside
  • 8 panels of artwork on display in the examination room of Child Protection Suite, Children's Ward, New Cross Hospital

"I enjoyed putting it all together – it was a distraction and enjoyable"

Patient age 13, comments on enjoyment of arts workshop

"I made a felt shark and enjoyed making it stripey"

Patient age 8, comments on enjoyment of arts workshop

Contact Details: Arts Manager | Email: rwh-tr.Arts@nhs.net | Tel: 01902 307999
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