Monday, May 14, 2018

Hospital Rooms and Eileen Skellern 1 shortlisted for Design in Mental Health award

Hospital Rooms and Eileen Skellern 1 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit Team at Maudsley Hospital have been shortlisted for a Design in Mental Health award.


Hospital Rooms is a mental health charity, co-founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White, which commissions world class artists to transform inpatient wards with museum quality artwork. 


The artists and Hospital Rooms have worked in partnership with the patients and staff on ES1 PICU to change the physical environment and produce innovative permanent artworks.


The project, which has involved seven artists - Paresha Amin, Aimee Mullins, Harold Offeh, Nengi Omuku, Julian Opie, Tamsin Relly and Tim A Shaw, has taken around 18 months.


Consultant Psychiatrist on ES1, Dr Faisil Sethi, said: “[The project was] a truly innovative partnership between patients, clinicians and artists, to transform the space in the psychiatric intensive care unit; using the power of art to promote recovery.


“We are really proud of our collaboration between Eileen Skellern 1 and Hospital Rooms.”


Tim A Shaw, co-founder of Hospital Rooms said: "The Hospital Rooms project at Eileen Skellern 1 has been our most ambitious to date. By commissioning world class artists to work in genuine partnership with patients and staff at Eileen Skellern 1, the unit is now full of extraordinary art and creative activity.


“We hope that the close collaboration between Hospital Rooms and Eileen Skellern 1 will act as an inspiration to the wider arts and mental health community to collaborate in elevating the mental health environments where PICU services are provided for the benefit of all who encounter them." 


The awards take place on Tuesday, May 15, at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.



About Hospital Rooms


Hospital Rooms is a mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people.


The charity commissions museum quality and compliant artwork and environments for mental health units in NHS hospitals. Its aim is to disrupt the barriers that limit access to art and culture for people using mental health services.


The charity has also completed projects at Snowsfields Adolescent Unit in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the Garnet Ward in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and the Phoenix Unit and Recovery College at South West London and St George’s Trust.


Hospital Rooms was co-founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White. The project is funded by Arts Council England and through Hospital Rooms’ friends and donors. Colart supplies artist materials for the project through their brand Liquitex.

Find out more about Hospital Rooms.


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