Artwork to mark work with patients appears at The Walton Centre

A PIECE of art inspired by patients has been installed in The Walton Centre this week. A series of handmade glass discs printed with neuroscientific and botanical themes has been created by local artist Verity Pulford.

Verity created the artwork after being the specialist neuroscience Trust’s artist in residence last summer. She held a series of regular art workshops so that patients, staff and visitors could take part in art therapy.

In particular, Verity visited the Outpatients Department and Complex Rehabilitation Unit, where many patients receive treatment for extended periods of time.

Verity said: “My time spent at here has been inspirational, both as an artist and on a personal level. The sense of a supportive, open, caring community within the hospital was very apparent during the sessions, with much talking, sharing and laughter as well as fantastic art being created.

“My research into brain cell structure and the links with plant biology has taken my work on a new path. Many thanks to all the staff and patients who made me feel so welcome and enabled me to take part in this fantastic project.”

The project was enabled by the Trust’s charity fund, as well as Arts Council Grants for the Arts and The Foyle Foundation. This was the second art residency to come to the hospital, as part of the Bluecoat Display Centre’s outreach work to use art to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.

Samantha Rhodes, who is Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre, said: “We’re delighted that our rewarding partnership with The Walton Centre continued in 2017. Verity’s twice weekly art workshops engaged with over a 150 patients, family and friends. The sessions were also supported by members of staff and two volunteers. The glass installation she has produced, informed by her experience working with patients and staff, is a permanent legacy of the residency which we hope will be enjoyed by all The Walton Centre patients, visitors and staff.”

Project Manager Claire Williams worked with the Bluecoat Display Centre to deliver the residency, she said: “It’s been very rewarding to see patients benefit from the art workshops. Verity did a number of activities where patients could create something they could keep and be proud of, regardless of their ability.”