Artwork made by and with palliative care patients in Futurecade exhibition

Palliative Care Patients have their final say at the FUTURECADE exhibition, Millennium Galleries as part of Festival of the Mind – 20th to 27th September

Between June 2017 and May 2018, Wigan based artists’ collaborative Redfolio (Brian Whitmore and Jane Forster) provided weekly arts and crafts activities for and with patients, their relatives and friends who received care and support from the Palliative Care Unit at Northern General Hospital.  Short, meaningful activities engaged patients and family members and helped to create lasting memories.

The project, funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Arts Council England, was started by giving the artists access to the Oral History archive where some 300 recorded stories of former patients are kept.  The artists then took recurring themes from these stories back onto the ward to engage patients in conversation and arts and crafts activities.

One of the activities on offer was a hand-prints session for patients with family members and friends.  This became a weekly ritual with the prints given to the family member or friend as a keep-sake.  Copies taken from the handprints have been enlarged and have been intertwined with anonymous snippets of conversations with patients to form part of an artwork on display from 20th to 27th September in the ‘Futurecade’ exhibition, part of Festival of the Mind, at Millennium Galleries, Arundel Gate Sheffield.

The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm and is free for all to see.  After the artwork has been on display at Millennium Galleries it will be permanently displayed within the Palliative Care Unit t Northern General Hospital.

A special talk about this project will be held in the Spiegeltent on Barker’s Pool on Thursday 20th September between 3pm and 4pm.  Dr Michelle Winslow from the School of Nursing and Midwifery will talk about the Oral History Project that she developed and has been running since 2007, followed by Mir Jansen, arts coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals who will be talking about the ‘In and Out of Hospitals’ arts programme funded by Arts Council England and Sheffield Hospitals Charity.