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Getting creative at Yorkhill

July 05, 2011 12:11 PM

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Patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill have been showing off their creative talent with a display of some of the artistic projects they have been working on over the last six months.  

A number of patients from the hospital aged 12 to 18 have taken part in two projects designed to help them find a creative outlook through music and comics and through a visual art project.

The “Super Sonic Heroes” was funded by Creative Scotland and Yorkhill Childrens’ Foundation features a musical superhero series with music and comic strips by 36 patients. 

Young Peoples Activities Coordinator Sarah Barr explained:  “It is important that projects have fun at the centre of them. Young people in hospital have enough serious issues already so taking the theme of superheroes as our starting point allowed the patients to think outside of themselves.

“They created fantastical and dramatic stories using cartoons and music. For many patients it was the first time they had created their own music and many reported how much they had enjoyed recording their music live, learning how rhythm could describe emotions or even just finding that music could be fun.”

The second project was a visual art project in partnership with the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow. Artist Rachel Mimiec worked with 18 young people, each creating their own original art pieces.  It is hoped that some of this work will be displayed at GoMA later this year.

Sarah added:  “Patients reported that the workshops enabled them to be more relaxed; to do normal teenage things; to take their mind off recent events; or to simply help them cope with boredom. The art they created gives a subtle but unmistakable insight into how teenagers feel when they’re in hospital. Their work is poignant and funny, and one patient who had been seriously ill told me that these activities had taught her that if you don’t laugh you cry!”

Patient Kerry McGuire (aged 15) said:  “These workshops are one of the only things that I have full control over in hospital and I had so much fun. I always loved it.”

Her mum Helen added: “In hospital, kids get told when to get up, when to go to bed, what medicines and treatments they must have! But these activities are their choice, their fun, their talent.”

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You can view and hear more about the Super Sonic Heroes project at:

Photographs of the projects available on request from the press office.

For more information, contact the press office, tel:  0141 201 4429 or email:  [email protected]

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