In December relatives of an inpatient of PICU generously donated £200 to the unit to make an artwork to brighten up the courtyard. Heather Parnell, Capital Arts Manager, used the opportunity to involve patients in the design process; they created cyanotype images using plants and vegetation collected on walks.
This is an ongoing project, The workshops offered a chance for participants to learn new skills and contribute to the material which is currently being scanned and digitally processed for printing onto panels.
In January, artist David Mackie was appointed to produce artwork for the main thoroughfare at Tonna Hospital. The aim of the project is to lift the corridor environment, to make it a more interesting space to traverse and navigate. This will compliment the recent refurbishment of Suite 3, which includes images of flowers as visual orientation markers on bedroom doors, also a small garden with raised planters to encourage outdoor activities. David will be spending the coming weeks in conversation with users, researching themes and ideas and developing a design proposal.