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An innovative artwork display designed exclusively by Parkhead Hospital patients has been unveiled at the hospital in the east end of Glasgow.
Patients and their families, hospital staff and members of Theatre Nemo attended the official unveiling of the artwork today (Thursday 6 February), which has been named 'A view over the common'.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Occupational Therapy staff (OTs) and staff from Theatre Nemo have been working with 12 patients from Parkhead Hospital over 10 weeks to produce an amazing eight-piece canvas display.
The artwork is displayed in the hospital’s main stairway and depicts landscapes and skylines. The patients decided that they wanted their artwork displayed in the main stairway to improve the space by communicating hopefulness and maintain a link with the natural world.
The project was funded by NHS Endowment monies and aimed to encourage patients to take part in creative activities using the art project as a therapeutic activity.
Patients were invited to get involved as a way of encouraging them to learn new skills and enhance their self-esteem and recovery.
Artwork is well-known for having therapeutic benefits and feedback from the patients who participated has identified an improvement with self-worth, improved confidence, improved social interaction and engagement.
Joanne McRae, Occupational Therapist at Parkhead Hospital, commented: “This has truly been a worthwhile project. As the project evolved patients became actively engaged and took full ownership of the project from the planning stage, artwork development to identifying the space and naming of the piece.
“It really helped patients to recognise their potential through contributing, and really opened up new perspectives, enabling patients to experience self-rediscovery, empowerment and a sense of purpose.
“Our patients reported that following the project they felt ‘valued’, ‘respected’, ‘included’, ‘capable’ ‘hopeful’, ‘delighted’ and ‘proud’.”
Hugh McCue, Project co-ordinator and co-founder of Theatre Nemo: “Theatre Nemo has been working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde since 2004 to promote and encourage patients to get involved in creative activities.
“This project encouraged patients to look at how they could improve their environment with art and were also asked to consider what visitors to the hospital might also like to see.
“Their development throughout this project has been very rewarding and they should all be proud of their achievement.”
The project is now being formally evaluated with a view to offering more sessions in the future. Patients who took part in this project also have the opportunity to work on similar projects within the community and have already signed up to link in with Theatre Nemo’s ‘think big’ community artwork project.
Images of the artwork which depicts the landscape around the hospital
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