Monday, 15 December 2014

Arts Festival at Southmead Hospital - see the movie!

A three day festival of arts events and activities involving patients, staff and visitors was the culmination of Southmead Hospital Bristol’s public art programme. The Fresh Arts Festival brought poetic first aid, a knitting installation, model car racing, promenade theatre, music on the wards, and a programme of activities to celebrate the opening of the new building.  Spike Print Studio supplied print workshops, which took place in the Atrium - an impressive space which runs the length of the new hospital building.  There l am with a hopefully satisfied customer.  Thanks to Jim Wileman for use of the photograph.

The festival took place in October 2014. It celebrated the role of art and creativity in the new hospital and helped create a caring, creative community at the heart of hospital.

North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing, Sue Jones said: “I thought it was a fantastic three days; so inspiring. The festival brought a real sense of community to the hospital and was so beneficial for patients. It was like breathing soul into the building. We’ve designed the hospital to be a healing environment, and the arts programme has made that personal for people.”

Willis Newson curated and produced the Festival in collaboration with the Trust’s arts programme Fresh Arts. A film about the festival has been created by Josh Gaunt, and can be viewed here:

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