We are excited to announce that Devon Partnership NHS Trust has engaged with Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity, to create art works for the new Salus Ward at Torbay Hospital, as well as Beech Unit and Haytor ward.
Hospital Rooms commission extraordinary artworks for mental health inpatient units across the UK. The charity helps turn clinical, cold and sometimes frightening rooms in to welcoming, soothing and beautiful spaces. The charity works with acclaimed artists from across the UK and internationally, who in turn workshop with staff and patients to come up with suitable designs for each designated space.
The organisation has been fortunate to work with Hospital Rooms on previous occasions, commissioning artwork for both The Junipers, our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Jasmine Lodge, our Mother and Baby Unit (MBU). Turner Prize nominated artist Mark Titchner, created artwork for the MBU in 2019. Mark talks through the process of creating the artwork in the film below.
This next Hospital Rooms project will see the proposed creation of 15 artworks, five on each ward. A series of workshops will be hosted involving the artists, staff, patients and carers, to generate ideas for the works for all three wards. Plans are provisionally in place for the project to begin in January 2022.
Once completed and COVID-19 guidance permitting, it is hoped that an exhibition of the artwork will be opened to the public. This will help promote the fantastic Hospital Rooms charity, whilst also showcasing the work the organisation is undertaking to improve ward environments for patients, staff and visitors.