On Wednesday 5th December 2018 Sandi Carman, Assistant Chief Executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, officially unveiled the artwork made by and with patients from the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre. This completed the first or four projects that are part of the ‘In and Out of Hospital’ art commissions.
Artists Coralie Turpin, Jason Thomson and Seiko Kinoshita were commissioned in May 2017 and delivered some 40 weekly arts workshops for patients of the Centre. The work they created is now permanently on display at the Centre, together with work made by the artists, inspired by the stories told by some of the people they met during their year in residence. The workshops were delivered in rotation and varied in skills.
Coralie explained that three of the pieces made by her represented time, hope and resilience, some of the things she experienced during her time spent with the patients. “I was deeply moved by the stories I heard and so inspired by people who have had to come to terms with life changing injuries and illness. I wanted to show this without being too literal so I chose shapes that, in a way, represent the hands of clocks and time passing, a white bird with a few coloured feathers to imagine new beginnings and an the shapes of trees standing upright in a stormy sea to depict the resilience so many patients adn their families showed me.”
Seiko too was inspired by her time on the ward. She told the audience that she was constantly amazed how much the patients pushed themselves to achieve things that they didn’t know they could. How engrossed people could become in creating their own woven discs. How wonderful it looks.
Jason had taken the idea of ‘pimping the wheelchair’. “Many patients had great ideas for what they wished their wheelchairs could do for them like: float around in space, drive through different landscapes, walking the dog, make furniture… so the pieces I made were based on these wishes. The conversations I had with patients were great fun.”