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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.