Are you a practicing artist? Do you like to be creative? Do you have any arts hobbies? We are looking for new material for the staff arts blog. We welcome all material: photography, painting, drawing, poetry, creative writing, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. This is an open submission so the work can be on any theme or subject.
This blog is an online space for staff across the hospital to share and celebrate creativity, and to learn more about each other’s skills, talents and interests. It is part of Onward Arts’ staff arts programme, which aims to provide creative platforms to support staff across the whole hospital.
Submissions can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please attach some jpegs of your work and a few sentences about yourself and the work you have made. If you are unsure about how to photograph your work or how to create jpegs you are welcome to email us for advice.
A new text-based artwork, commissioned and produced by Onward Arts, has been installed this week in the corridor of the Barry Building. The words and phrases are direct quotes from hospital staff shared with Onward Arts in response to the theme of Emotional Touchstones. This theme has guided Onward Arts’ staff arts programme, as a means to think personally about the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.
The panel brings together words and phrases ‘collected’ by Mary Hooper and Liz Orton during drop-in workshops during which staff spoke about how their personal and professional lives overlap. The panel was designed and produced by Mary Hooper and Liz Orton of Onward Arts.
The refurbishment of orthoptics included re-modelled waiting areas for children and adults separately. The staff were keen to bring something lively and playful into the children’s area and artworks which brought a luminosity into the windowless adults waiting area.
Angela Evans created two panels of ceramic tiles which work a bit like fish tanks. The detailing in the tiles includes hidden numbers and letters so as well as tactile exploration, the panels encourage playful interaction between children and parents while they are waiting.
Steve Geliot created two backlit photographic lightboxes for the adult waiting area featuring familiar local scenes around and after sunset: the West Pier at very low tide, and a flock of starlings in murmuration just as the sun slides behind a very calm sea. The illuminated photographs perform the function of windows bringing interest light and colour into the space, as well as creating a very calm mood.