12 June 2017

FESPA Gold Award for MedwayWe are immensely proud to have won for the third time at the FESPA International Print Awards. This time we won – drum roll – GOLD! Digital Plus entered the project into the awards – a fantastic collaboration – they brought our creative ideas to life with extensive professionalism! The artwork features over 120 birds, each one cutout out of a special lightweight aluminium composite and printed with aged metal textures allowing the shiny metal finish to show through as detailed feathers. Each bird was fixed to the wall with varying length fixings.

Close-up of the 'heart of birds'

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2015

10 November 2015

BBH Awards 2015 FinalistWe were very proud to have been shortlisted for this very prestigious award. We attended the event on Wednesday 4 November in London, along with members of the Organ Donation Committee for Wrexham Maelor Hospital and the Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor.

Harri Owen-Jones and others at the eventGreat to meet up again with everyone we had worked with on both these fantastic projects to recognise the importance of organ donation.

Members of the Organ donation Committee at BBH Awards


30 July 2015

Fespa International Award TrophyHere is the trophy won at the FESPA International Print Awards. Thanks to Chris at Digital Plus who popped round with duplicates for ourselves and both hospitals that were jointly entered. We won the silver award in a multi-national category featuring 44 large scale project entries, literally from across the globe. The projects were the 2 linked organ donor artworks we created for Wrexham Maelor and Bangor Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospitals. This is the second year in a row that Digital Plus has entered and won for the projects we have worked on together. We like to think it’s really good teamwork – innovative design and artwork with high quality printing and installation!


4 June 2015

FESPA-award-2015-1Fantastic news – we have again won an award at the International FESPA Awards – this time Silver! Which is a massive achievement considering there were altogether 44 worldwide applications endeavouring to win in this category!

We have won for overall innovation and creativity of the organ donor artworks that we completed for Wrexham Maelor Hospital and Bangor Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital.

With our print and installation company, Digital Plus, we entered both hospital artworks jointly into the FESPA Annual Awards. They attended and collected the award in Cologne on 19th May.

International FESPA Award for ‘Berkshire Butterflies’ Organ Donor Art

11 June 2014

Gift of life ArtworkInternational FESPA Award for ‘Berkshire Butterflies’ Organ Donor Art

We are very proud and delighted that our Organ Donation Artwork for the Royal Berkshire Hospital has won Bronze in the worldwide FESPA Awards held in Munich.

Taking home Bronze in the Interior Decoration category, the artwork is created almost entirely of butterflies gathering together to form a heart shape representing ‘The Gift of Life’.

This award, entered by our partners Digital Plus, who printed and installed the project, is greatly deserved for their attention to detail and superb quality workmanship.


25 October 2013

Gift of Life Award

Our printers and installers, Digital Plus, have been awarded one of the highest accolades in the printing industry. The criteria the judges were looking for was quality, innovation, technical capacity, customer service and creativity. The judges felt that “The Gift of Life’ was a ‘stand-out winner. It was felt that the entry consisted of a fantastic installation, impressively large scale, and a great use of digital print brings it to life.’ We are extremely proud that this project has received critical acclaim.


The printers, who had personally won the award, presented us with the award pictured and a bottle of champagne and another award that we are sending to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


18 November 2009

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 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.)