Patients’ hand prints installed on Palliative Care

As part of the award winning ‘In & Out of Hospital Arts Programme’ we are excited to see that the hand prints of patients and relatives are now installed on the Palliative Care ward at Northern General Hospital.  Artist collaborative Redfolio (aka Jane Forster and Brian Whitmore) spent nearly a year on the ward where they delivered their creative crafts workshops every Wednesday afternoon.  Together with patients, relatives and members of staff they created beautiful and meaningful artworks that were displayed throughout the ward.

One of the weekly creative services Redfolio offered was taking prints of the hands of patients, their relatives or close friends.  Their names were calligraphed on the prints and given back to the patients and relatives to keep.  The artists made copies of these prints and these were used in a final artwork made especially for the ward’s unique curved wall.

During their time on the ward the artists listened to many stories shared between patients and their loved ones.  Snippets of these stories appear in the work, running along the lines in the hands.  Two bigger artworks that light up will be installed in due course.

We hope that work will make people stop and read, reflect and smile.  It may instigate new conversations between current patients and their loved ones.  It will hopefully also remind the staff of the people that passed through their hands, people who were touched by the care they received.

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