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MAKING HEALING AN ART FORM AT JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN MIDDLESBROUGH

The healing arts project aims to promote health, healing and a sense of wellbeing for the community through the use of arts and the environment. It stemmed from South Tees Hospital NHS Trust’s belief that the effective delivery of the healthcare does not simply begin and end with clinical treatment but rather by adopting a holistic approach to patient care. Shown above is ‘Of Sea and Stars’ by Laura Johnston created using dichroic glass panels.

Research has shown the thoughtful use of colours, lights, art, texture and performing arts in hospitals can aid a person’s recovery, and create a lasting impression to everyone who visits and works there.

A number of artists have undertaken commissions at The James Cook University Hospital based on the theme of Captain Cook including ‘Cooks Earth’ by Andrew Burton, shown above alongside Woodgate Designs ‘North Riding Infirmary Heritage Mural’. As new developments come along careful attention to the environment and the inclusion of art is an integral part of the planning process.

Up to date we have completed 3 murals that sit alongside the other fantastic artworks at the James Cook. These include murals for ‘The First Cottage Hospital’, ‘North Riding Infirmary’ and ‘Middlesbrough General Hospital’.

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