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Voice Works project to be celebrated at Festival of the Mind on 23 Sep 2022

In March 2022, we started a 20-week project with and for patients with Inducible Laryngeal Obstruction, a chronic condition that affects a person’s breathing and use of voice. The project was a collaboration between Arts in Health and Speech & Language Therapy (both linked to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals), the Department for Music Psychology at University of Sheffield, and professional singer/voice coach Michael Bonshor.

We are celebrating the end of this project on Friday 23 September 2–3pm at the Festival of the Mind’s unique and beautiful pop-up venue The Spiegeltent. It is located in Barkers Pool, Sheffield city centre, opposite The City Hall.

Please come and join us. We will share our research findings, present a specially commissioned podcast by composer Chris Bevan, and invite the audience to take part in a short and fun practical singing session. It is free to attend and there is no need to book. We look forward to welcoming you.

This project was funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Arts Council England, and the University of Sheffield’s Knowledge Exchange Programme.


Group patient arts activity sessions resume at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

The past three weeks have seen the reintroduction of group patient arts activity sessions on one of our wards at the Royal Hallamshire after a gap over two years due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Volunteers Grace and Kate assisted Arts Activities Coordinator Kathryn Stones in facilitating the first two sessions with Grace and Kate enthusiastically taking the sessions forward from this week.

We received the following heart-warming responses from patients who took part:

'Really nice to come away from the bay, forget the reason why we're in hospital, have a laugh, and enjoy the hour. Wonderful and a much-needed break. Loved it!!' Wayne, patient.

'This was a fun, stress-free, creative session that was much appreciated. Thank you so much - it has taken my mind off my illness.' Andrea, patient.

And there's more enjoyment to come - additional group arts activity sessions are planned across the Trust in the coming weeks. 


Osborn Reception Foyer Art Project Complete

In 2021, the Sheffield Hospitals Charity supported the renovation of the foyer area at the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre in  Osborn building, Northern General Hospital.

    

Talented artist, Jacqui Symons, led a series of art workshops for patients at the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre as part of a two-year project that started in 2020. The workshops provided a creative and relaxing atmosphere for patients with spinal cord injuries to try different forms of printmaking using watercolour and ink.

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Local Artist's Painting Donation Unveiled

A beautiful artwork by local artist, Lauren Woodcock, depicting the Clocktower building, which was donated to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by the artist, was unveiled at the Northern General Hospital on Friday 29 April, by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals' Chief Executive, Kirsten Major. The painting is part of an exhibition showcasing other paintings and prints by the artist at the Seven Hills Gallery, Huntsman building, Northern General Hospital.

The artwork has been gifted to the Trust as a gesture of gratitude to the NHS, and was created by Lauren Woodcock, who uses the artist name MUT in her work. Living and working locally, Lauren painted prolifically during lockdown and produced many paintings of local landmarks and places loved by people in South Yorkshire.  

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Wall of Thanks Grows Across the Trust

Following the well-received ‘Wall of Thanks’ exhibition at the Northern General Hospital in August 2020, the Arts in Health team offered departments across all five hospital sites the opportunity to obtain some of the artwork for display. We had a significant response from staff resulting in almost 60 pieces of artwork now proudly adorning the walls of wards, offices, lobbies and staff rooms across the Trust.

These bright and uplifting rainbow images of thanks were designed by family members of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ staff as a way of expressing gratitude to NHS and keyworker colleagues for their hard work and sacrifices during the Covid-19 pandemic. The hope is that these images will serve as a lasting reminder for staff, patients and visitors of the extraordinary and challenging events that we have all lived and worked through since 2020.

Arts in Health would like to extend a big thank you to our colleagues in the Estates department for their invaluable help with the installations.


New Ward Activities Volunteers helping to spread some cheer on our wards

A big warm welcome and thank you to all our lovely new Ward Activities Volunteers helping to make time spent on the wards at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals much brighter for our patients with a good ole natter and the chance to try some fun activities, including our popular new Pick Me Up Pages, all generously funded by supporters of Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Find out more about volunteering with Arts in Health here or email sth.arts@nhs.net 


New Artist Exhibition at the Seven Hills Gallery

We are very happy to announce the latest exhibition in the Seven Hills Gallery at the Northern General Hospital. After advertising, we received a high interest from local and national artists to exhibit work
in the hospital gallery, and Kate Grant was selected by the Arts in Health team and a selection committee made up of some of our brilliant colleagues from the Trust and Charity.

Kate is the third artist to exhibit in our gallery since it opened in 2020. The artist is a doctor at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, at the Genito Urinary Medicine clinic, A&E, and also a GP. The exhibition features 27 portraits of the artist’s colleagues and friends, all painted during the period between February 2020 and November 2021 (the latest one was painted and sent last week). The portraits are of our NHS colleagues, going about their day-to-day jobs. The artist said: 'I wanted to paint some portraits of my colleagues during their everyday activity at work at the Hospital and GP surgeries where I worked to lift morale. It was about the staff. We spend our lives in an occupation that we do not document with photographs.'

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'Hope Blooms': Nancy Horton's beautiful and poignant floral rainbow of thanks available to buy

Nancy Horton, former Medical Photography employee at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals created this beautiful image as part of our 'Wall of Thanks' exhibition displayed in our Seven Hills Gallery back in August 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Order your print - A4 size (£10)
or A3 size (£12) at the Sheffield Hospitals Charity shop at the Northern General Hospital or on their website here - http://bit.ly/3wKdp4l

Funds raised will go towards the work of our Arts in Health department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 


Creative Writing workshops with Genevieve Carver for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals staff and volunteers

We are pleased to announce that Sheffield-based poet, writer and performer Genevieve Carver will be leading Creative Writing workshops for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals staff and volunteers starting later this month. The project is part of our Staff Art Club and funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Arts Council England. 

Genevieve was selected from over 85 creative writer applicants. Her poetry has been widely published and her first collection, A Beautiful Way to be Crazy, was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2020. She has received a number of literary accolades including the National Poetry Competition, Troubadour International Poetry Prize and White Review Poetry Prize.

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New Jo Peel Mural at Sexual Health

Local artist Jo Peel, whose
work adorns many Sheffield buildings and landmarks, was commissioned by the Sexual Health department to paint a mural on the walls of their main entrance and stairs. Jo and her team of artist assistants completed this beautiful mural this September.

The artwork bears Jo Peel’s signature style of painting
and drawing, with her well-loved depiction of Sheffield scenery: the juxtaposition
of the urban – bricks and cranes – and the natural – trees and leaves intertwining amongst the buildings.

You can see more of Jo’s work and what else she has been doing on her website, https://www.jopeel.com/

For enquiries, please email sth.arts@nhs.net


Cath Dunn artwork for sale

Local artist Cath Dunn’s beautiful Sheffield and Peak District-inspired artwork, currently displayed in our Seven Hills Gallery at the Northern General, is now available to buy.

Click here to view the artwork and find out about the inspiration behind each piece, together with the dimensions and prices. You can also learn a bit more about Cath Dunn as an artist in her short biography.

Artwork sales include the contemporary frames, which are fire-safe to display on hospital walls, but will also look stunning adorning the wall of your home.

Click here to download a full list of all the artwork and prices.

Commission on any artworks sold will go to Sheffield Hospitals Charity, who generously fund the Gallery, and will help towards supporting the work of Arts in Health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

For purchase enquiries, please email sth.arts@nhs.net


Exciting opportunity for a creative writer to work with staff at our hospitals

Opportunity: We are looking to commission a Creative Writer to deliver a series of 8 workshop sessions for our staff. 

Staff Art Club: We have recently set up our Staff Art Club, co-funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Arts Council England, to give employees at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals the opportunity to develop new creative interests that help support their general and mental health & wellbeing during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Although we anticipate these workshops to be of therapeutic benefit, they are not 'therapy'. Reflection on recent/past times can, and probably will be part of the sessions, however, they are not intended to provide psychological support to address the traumatic experiences caused by the pandemic. Rather, we are aiming to provide a creative outlet for our staff and for it to be a positive, joyful, restorative, energising, hopeful, imaginative and social experience. 

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New artist exhibition in the Seven Hills Gallery

We are very happy to announce the latest exhibition in our Seven Hills Gallery at the Northern General Hospital.

As a local artist, inspired by the Peak District, Cath Dunn’s work captures the vibrant beauty of Sheffield's surrounding hills, moors, woodlands and treasured countryside, and brings these uplifting elements of nature inside our hospital building for all to enjoy. 

The work is also available to buy - please email us sth.arts@nhs.net for more information.

Commission on any artworks sold will go to Sheffield Hospitals Charity, who generously fund the Gallery, and will help towards supporting the work of Arts in Health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.


Volunteer with us!

Could you spare a few hours a week?

We're looking for friendly volunteers to help our patients take part in creative activities. 

You don't need to be an expert - if you think you'd enjoy chatting and encouraging patients to get creative, we'd love to hear from you!

Visit http://bttr.im/ib835 for more information or to apply.


Damien Hirst Donation Unveiled

A beautiful artwork by Damien Hirst, titled Butterfly Rainbow, which was donated to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was unveiled at Northern General Hospital on Wednesday 19 May. Chief Executive Kirsten Major unveiled the artwork, which will be permanently displayed at the main entrance of the Huntsman building at Northern General Hospital.

The artwork, created by Hirst, was one of more than 60 prints offered to various hospital Trusts across the country, and is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of the artist’s best‐known motifs.

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Staff Art Club - Print and Ceramics Courses

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In September 2020, we launched our Staff Art Club. The first series of six workshops focused on mosaics and our second on printmaking, with the work produced by staff proudly exhibited in our Seven Hills Gallery at the Northern General. We had lots of positive feedback from staff who visited the exhibition and an overwhelming response to the advertisement for Staff Art Club #3.

The third series of workshops has focused on ceramics, delivered by award-winning artist Jenny Chan who is teaching our participants how to make a ceramic face mask. We've been working in collaboration with Liz Waring, visual arts curator at Museums Sheffield, who selected and presented some famous portraits from their collection as inspiration.

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Boredom Buster #2
Spring/Summnewser 2021

After the success of Boredom Buster #1, we are pleased to announce we have just taken delivery of 1,000 copies of the second edition. This time, the theme is around the restorative properties of our natural environment and is packed with fun facts and lots of things to do and make to keep our patients occupied during their time in hospital. 

This is a collaborative 48-page newspaper produced by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, Culture Weston and the National Performance and Advisory Group Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals Network. To order your copies, please email  sth.arts@nhs.net with the number of copies required, contact name, ward number and hospital site.


NHS staff art exhibition unveilednews

An exhibition of beautiful staff artwork was unveiled on Friday 12th March, at the Seven Hills Gallery, Huntsman Building C floor, Northern General Hospital.

We delivered online creative skills sessions for over 30 members of staff between September 2020 and February 2021, to support staff health and wellbeing. The sessions, delivered through Microsoft Teams, were led by mosaic artist Coralie Turpin and illustrator/printmaker Jamie Mills, both based at Yorkshire Artspace.

 

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newsSeven Hills Gallery

After a call out to staff earlier in the year, and following consultation with the Arts in Health team staff and representatives from PEC, a name was chosen for the art gallery. The Seven Hills Gallery is situated on the Huntsman dining room corridor on D floor, where the ‘Wall of Thanks’ was on display.

The gallery’s aims are to enhance the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff by making it feel brighter and more welcoming. Arts in Health want to help patients and visitors feel more relaxed by showing beautiful, calming and interesting artworks, whilst also providing the opportunity for artists to exhibit their work professionally in a busy public space.

The Seven Hills Gallery is kindly funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, and the commission on any artworks sold will go to them. All the artwork currently on display is for sale. For enquiries, please contact sth.arts@nhs.net


newsFirst artist exhibition in the Seven Hills Gallery

Early in 2020, Arts in Health put out a call for artists and were thrilled to receive 55 applications from around the UK and beyond! The first two artists to exhibit were chosen from this selection by a panel including members of the Arts in Health team, a senior clinician and one of the Trust’s Public Governors.

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newsSeven Hills Gallery

After a call out to staff earlier in the year, and following consultation with the Arts in Health team staff and representatives from PEC, a name was chosen for the art gallery. The Seven Hills Gallery is situated on the Huntsman dining room corridor on D floor, where the ‘Wall of Thanks’ was on display.

The gallery’s aims are to enhance the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff by making it feel brighter and more welcoming. Arts in Health want to help patients and visitors feel more relaxed by showing beautiful, calming and interesting artworks, whilst also providing the opportunity for artists to exhibit their work professionally in a busy public space.

The Seven Hills Gallery is kindly funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, and the commission on any artworks sold will go to them. All the artwork currently on display is for sale. For enquiries, please contact sth.arts@nhs.net


newsRadiographers get arty this Christmas!

The radiography department approached us during the Covid-19 outbreak with a special request for arts resources for their staff to enjoy during their breaks with the aim of helping counteract some of the additional stresses and pressure they are likely to be experiencing at this difficult time.

With funding from Sheffield Hospitals Charity, we put together an art box stocked with a variety of arts & crafts materials, including glitter pens, patterned paper and sparkly stick on gem stones.

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newsStaff Art Club – mosaics course

On Thursday 17 September 2020, we are launching our brand new Staff Art Club. The first series of six workshops will focus on mosaics and is being delivered by experienced artist and workshop leader Coralie Turpin via Microsoft Teams (video conferencing). We are working in collaboration with Museums Sheffield, choosing works of art in their collection as inspiration. Staff will receive their own mosaic kit and Coralie will show examples, demonstrate cutting and placing skills, and offer one-to-one support.

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newsWall of Thanks Exhibition

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Chief Executive, Kirsten Major, unveiled our ‘Wall of Thanks’ on 4 August 2020 in the brand new gallery corridor at the Northern General Hospital. Images of colourful rainbows, flowers and hearts were created by children and families of our hospital staff and local residents and now serve as a tribute to the workforce of all our hospitals and community services.

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newsBoredom Buster #1 Summer 2020

Jam packed with mood-enhancing articles, fun activities, games and puzzles, this is a collaborative 48-page newspaper produced by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, Culture Weston and the National Performance and Advisory Group Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals Network. To order your copies, contact sth.arts@nhs.net with the number of copies required, contact name, ward number and hospital site.


news Make your own Rainbow Suncatcher

For National Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020, the Arts in Health team would like to invite you and your household to try out this fun Rainbow Suncatcher craft to display in your window at home. The rainbow has become the international symbol of hope during the Corona Virus outbreak with bright and colourful rainbow-themed artwork springing up in windows across the world helping to convey heartfelt messages of thanks to healthcare and other key workers, as well as being a beacon of hope in the communities.

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The Arts in Health team relies on the goodwill of our dedicated team of volunteers. We also regularly work with professional artists and musicians on a variety of creative projects across the Trust.