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Artist in residence project with local Liverpool hospitals

February – April 2016

Artist in residencies for 3 North West based craft artists took place at the Royal Liverpool University & Broadgreen hospitals (RLH) and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust (TWC).

Funded by an Arts Council Grants for the Arts award, our fundraising July garden party and our hospital partners the artists each worked for 2 days per week over a 6 week period. They worked with patients, relatives, clinicians, volunteers and staff in the elderly & dementia at the RLH, stroke rehabilitation & trauma units at BG and neurology wards at TWC.

The 3 local artists were textile artist Rachael Howard  (at the Royal Liverpool Hospital), ceramic artist and designer Mari-Ruth Oda (at The Walton Centre in Fazakerley) and the potter John Ayling who was based at Broadgreen hospital.

The selected artists developed sessions which engaged, calmed and relaxed patients, encouraging them to work with their hands and learn new skills.

The experience of working with patients and staff contributed to the development, by the artists, of 3 high quality artwork commissions which are now sited in The Walton Centre and will be sited at the new Royal University Teaching Hospital currently under construction.