Laffan Ward at St Pancras Hospital opened its doors for visitors to see the results of an artistic improvement project in collaboration with Central St Martins Art School.
Staff, service users and carers viewed the 23 hand-painted pieces situated along the main corridor on the theme of a ‘journey’ and they depict windows gazing onto landscape scenes. Each painting follows a figure who travels through a challenging landscape, but overcomes the difficult terrain to meet their destination.
Central St Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college close to the St Pancras site. Dr Stephen Ginn and Ward Manager Ash Wright came up with the idea and secured funding for the project. They were on hand to talk about the project and describe how it came about.
The project was curated by Central St Martins graduates Peggy Wang and Javiera Godoy under the supervision of Luise Vormittag, Senior Lecturer in MA Graphic Communication Design. The artwork was created in collaboration with Laffan service users who completed workshops and stylised the piece to create the narrative of the travelling figure.
The travelling figure is a metaphor of the challenges service users may face in periods of crisis and celebrates the everyday tenacity our service users demonstrate to meet their goals.
Service users describe the work as “beautiful, an incredible improvement in comparison to what the ward used to look like”
Staff say the work “makes the ward feel special and warm for our patients and colleagues”