Below is a press release issued by Hospital Rooms:
Please join us for an exhibition of artwork created for Woodlands,
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Opening: 28 June 2019, 6pm - 8pm
Hours: 29 June to 19 July, 9am - 4pm
Waterfront Gallery, University of Suffolk, Waterfront
Building, 19 Neptune Quay, IP4 1QJ
Artists: Carl Rowe, Nancy Milner, Rebecca Byrne, Nick
Knight, Tal Rosner, Tim A Shaw
Hospital Rooms will celebrate the completion of its first
project outside London with an exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Ipswich.
This show will present the rare opportunity to see the artwork created for
Woodlands, a mental health unit that is part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS
Foundation Trust. Service users and staff at Woodlands invited us to work with
them to transform spaces within the unit. These included:
• 136 Suite - a place of safety for people detained by the
police following concerns that they are suffering from a mental disorder
• Mental Health Act Tribunal Room - which is used for
hearings where a panel makes important decisions about a service user’s section status
• 3 adult acute mental health review rooms - where care
plans and progress are discussed by service users, carers, staff and community teams (Lark, Poppy, Avocet Wards)
• A communal area for service users with dementia and their
carers (Willows Ward)
Our artists worked with the unit community through a series
of gatherings and art workshops to create high quality artworks that could instil
feelings of dignity and control in service users. Nick Knight shared work from
his renowned body of photographs ‘Flora’, Rebecca Byrne was inspired by the local Shingle Street Beach for her
large scale painting in the 136 Suite, and Carl Rowe’s work transmits the message
‘Have Strength Find Peace’ to service users during tribunals.
The Woodlands unit provides acute inpatient mental health
services, based within the Ipswich Hospital site. It incorporates a Psychiatric
Intensive Care Unit – Lark Ward; two acute mental health wards – Poppy and
Avocet; and an older people’s mental health ward, Willows.
These wards collectively provide care for people with a
range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mania,
psychosis, schizophrenia, personality disorders and dementia.
Alongside this project, Fine Art students from Norwich
University of the Arts and the University of Suffolk have worked with the
Hospital Rooms and Woodlands team to create their own ideas for the unit and
examples of their proposals will form part of the exhibition. This project was
funded by Arts Council England, technology recruitment consultancy Client
Server and Hospital Rooms friends and donors. It was also supported by art
manufacturers Colart, who have generously donated all the necessary art
materials for the project.
You can read the full press release here.
Pictured: Artwork by Nick Knight at Woodlands. Courtesy of Hospital Rooms. Photography Damian Griffiths
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