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Making a Bigger Difference

Making a Bigger Difference / Sunday 1st January - Saturday 31st March

Our 2017-18 cycle of artist residencies, was called ‘Making a Bigger Difference’. It was led by 4 North West based artists, each working 2 days per week over an 8 week period, at Royal Liverpool University & Broadgreen hospitals (RLH) and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and our new partners Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.

Ceramic artist Sian Hughes was artist in residence at Broadgreen hospital, working with patients in the stroke rehabilitation & trauma units, teaching patients to make various objects from porcelain paper clay. Patients commented “Its relaxing & calming” and “I’ve been in a different world.”

Glass artist Verity Pulford ran workshop sessions at the CRU and outpatient clinic in the Sid Watkins building at The Walton Centre. Activities for the workshops included working with brusho powder colours, creating dimensional drawings, monoprinting with carbon paper, resist and watercolour painting, ink drawings and painting on glass tiles. Staff at The Walton Centre commented “Its great to have this art group. Art is so important in a patients rehabilitation.”

Willow sculptor Caroline Gregson was artist in residence at a general surgical ward at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Children were encouraged to try weaving with willow rods by hand to createtheir own art works which they could take home to keep. Caroline worked with children in the communal play area and also at bedside. Hospital staff commented “We’ve never had anything like this before. Its completely different. They have something to take home at the end, its fabulous.”

Enamel artist Ruth Ball was artist in residence at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She worked alongside patients living with Dementia, teaching them how to make prints with ink using leaves and other shapes. This helped calm and focus the patients, allowing them to express their own creativity and enjoy decision making through artistic process. Patients commented “This is amazing” and “I learn something every time.”