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Exhibition of artwork created for mental health unit

​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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