Pupils at ten Sutton Coldfield schools have been involved in creating a fun collection of seascape artwork, to brighten up a gloomy corridor at Good Hope Hospital, which was officially unveiled last Friday (Friday 26 October) by Andrew Mitchell, MP.
Speight of the Art, an arts charity based in Sutton Coldfield, worked with over 1,000 pupils from the schools and artists to create 100 pieces of artwork that are now on show in the basement corridor that leads from the children’s ward to theatres. The corridor also features images of the workshop activity to create the artwork. The pupils were supported by professional artists, Chris Ryder, Denise O`Sullivan and Megan Bennett, and photographer, Richard Redshaw.
Oliver Speight, founder of Speight of the Art said: “Speight of the Art has worked with the paediatric wards at Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals since 2012. The project was originally conceived by Good Hope’s divisional head nurse for Women’s and Children’s Services, Bhavna Gokani. We were invited to the hospital in 2015 to enhance the corridor walls because patients of all age groups found their journeys down the corridor a little intimidating. The project work, just completed, is a clear demonstration of the close ties of a community working in partnership, i.e. hospitals, schools, and artistic charities, funded in the main, by the private sector.”
The project has been funded by the generosity of Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust (SCCT), an independent charity that supports causes in Sutton Coldfield.
David Cole, SCCT Grants Manager said: “The Trustees are delighted to provide funding to enable this exciting project to transform the corridor, which now provides a bright and stimulating environment for the children passing through.”
Andrew Mitchell, MP, officially unveiled the corridor and was joined by representatives from the Trust, schools and charities. He said: “This is a wonderful project which will leave a lasting legacy at Good Hope Hospital, helping encourage people at what can be a very difficult moment in their lives. I want to congratulate Oliver and his many colleagues on the wonderful achievement involved.”
Bhavna Gokani said: “We are delighted that this project is now up and ready to be enjoyed by the hundreds of children and young people who pass through the corridor every year. The space has been painted blue, adding to the seascape feel, and the improved lighting shows the artwork at its best. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Speight of the Art and SCCT for their dedication to making this happen and a special thank you to all of the school children for producing the wonderful pieces of work. The project has provided an opportunity to engage the local community and the artwork will be greatly received by the children and staff of Good Hope Hospital, making the corridor child friendly which will help reduce anxieties of patients and families.’’