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BBH AWARDS 2009 – SHORTLISTED FOR BEST USE OF VISUAL ART IN HEALTHCARE

As you can see from the photo we had a great day out at the BBH Awards. The King’s Mill Hospital heritage committee, with the former and current trust Chairmen all attended. You need to visit King’s Mill Hospital to view the sheer scale of the project; the murals, banners, interactive touchscreens, window and floor graphics complement and add to the impressive architecture. Perhaps most importantly, the project actively involves and engages staff, users and the wider community. The work is readily accessible to all sections of the community – of all age groups and all demographics.

For those of you who want to find out more, there is an excellent 254 page study by Durham University titled ‘Designing for health: architecture, art and design at the James Cook University Hospital’. It is described as a ‘Pioneering study into how art, architecture and environment impact on the health of patients in the new PFI hospital.’ You can view the report by following this link http://dro.dur.ac.uk/5280/ to their website. The report features the use of various forms of excellent art in the hospital. Of relevance to this blog, pages 178-9 talk about which artwork is the most looked at in the hospital and page 186 shows a graph of the results. A fact we are very proud of is that the clear leader is the historical murals created by us. The 2 heritage displays we created also cost a tiny fraction of the overall budget. Here is just one of the quotes: ‘The manager in charge of public relations commented that it was the heritage murals rather than the Cook related artworks that were drawing in visitors to the hospital. The murals were the work most frequently mentioned, reflecting the local interest in the hospital’s previous history, and perhaps, the fact that these displays were more immediately accessible than the artworks themselves.’

(Also have a look at ‘Healing Art’ in this blog.)

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