Glasgow Children’s Hospital sanctuary revamped by artist Phoebe Roze

Thu 19th October 2017

The sanctuary at Glasgow’s Royal
Hospital for Children has been given a colourful facelift featuring artwork
created by its patients following a residency by young artist Phoebe Roze.

Commissioned in partnership by Impact Arts and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Phoebe, 21, worked with 50 children resident at the hospital to revamp the space following storytelling and arts workshops.

The sanctuary – which offers a
place for peace and contemplation to children and families – was transformed following a consultation process involving staff, volunteers, children, young people and patients’ families.

Phoebe’s workshops led to the creation
of prints, drawings and collages, which were then scanned and enlarged for
vinyl panels and attached to walls.

 

 

Previously a blank space, the aim
of the project was to create a more welcoming environment for those who use the
sanctuary.

As well as being a place for
contemplation, it will now be used for training and community
events, including mindfulness classes and baby yoga.

Phoebe, a recent graduate of
Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone University, says it was important that the
refurbishment included the children’s own artwork.

“It’s amazing for me – but the
best part is that it’s the kids’ work on the wall.

 

 

“They are the most important part
of the hospital and kids’ art is so strange and imaginative. The fact that they
have contributed 90% of what is up there is hopefully very special for the
kids, the parents, the staff and volunteers.”

“Having your child in the hospital
is obviously a traumatic experience, and that is why it was so important to
make the sanctuary a calming, inviting and positive space.”

Rev. Jim Meighan, the chaplain of
the Royal Hospital for Children, says the artwork has already made a dramatic
change.

“The sanctuary is important for
everybody who uses the hospital – patients, families and staff. It’s a place
where people can take a breather from the hustle and bustle.

“There are people using the
sanctuary that haven’t been previously, and that’s all to do with the artwork
on the wall.

 

 

“We wanted people to claim the
space as their own – and the artwork has already achieved that.

Kirsten Sinclair, Director of
Fundraising at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

“The artwork that Phoebe has
created with the help of the children and their families is beautiful. It
totally transforms the space, and makes the entrance to the Sanctuary feel so
warm and welcoming”.

This project was part of Impact Arts’ commissioned work, which involves
professional artists in creating public artwork for community settings.
If you are interested in commissioning us to complete a piece of work, please contact our Head of Development Carrie Manning on 0141 575 3001 or email [email protected].

 

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