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Creative residencies

Hands-on activities provide an important and welcome distraction for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). They also help children develop a range of skills and improve their confidence.

Each year we hold a creative residence project with an invited artist who works on a longer term project in a selected department, these include:


Breathe Magic workshop in the Mildred Creek Unit 

In 2013, following a successful pilot project, we invited Breathe Magic to run a series of workshops on the Mildred Creek Unit, a specialised ward for children aged seven to 14 with mental health issues. Workshops ran throughout May and June 2013.

The Breathe Magic team worked closely with young people on the ward, teaching them magic tricks and the art of performance. The aim of the project was to boost young people's confidence and self-esteem through learning new skills and sharing the experience with friends, family and staff. 

The response from staff and patients was overwhelmingly positive; young people described the workshops as ‘amazing’,  and  ‘I was really impressed with the magic’. Staff from Mildred Creek Unit said ‘The young people loved the sessions’.

For more information about the project, please watch our short film. If unable to see the video below, you can also watch it directly on YouTube at http://youtu.be/H2UCF9sy7lA

In 2012, we invited artist Isobel Manning to work with children and young people on Dinosaur Ward, and together they created the GO Create! arts and craft book for children and families

Isobel developed ten individually bright and colourful activities for children and young people that were specifically tailored to suit a wide range of ages and abilities. She then guided the children through each of the activities that included funny face bags, robots, haunted castles, superhero capes, monster feet and comic books. 

Instructions and pictures of patients working on the various activities were brought together in an arts and crafts book for other children and families to use across the hospital and beyond. 

You can now purchase the book from Blurb website at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4617991-go-create-arts-and-crafts-book

This fabulous art and crafts book for children and families has won the Gold Award for Design at ‘The 2013 Institute of Medical Illustrator Awards’.


Shadow puppets in the Dental and Maxillofacial department

In 2011, artist in residence Jennie Pedley worked with children and young people in the waiting room of the Dental and Maxillofacial department. Patients created shadow puppet sea creatures and then performed with them behind a backlit screen. Their shadow puppet performances were photographed to provide still and animated images that will be used as permanent artworks within the department.

Children and young people of all ages and abilities participated along with their parents, carers and even staff. The project ran during busy clinic times and provided an entertaining and creative experience for everyone waiting for appointments.

If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery.


Film making at the hospital school

Over the years there have been many documentaries made about GOSH, all from an adult perspective.

In 2010 we invited film makers Mouth That Roars to work with children and young people to make a film about the hospital from the patients’ perspective.

Over a two-week period, children and young people were involved in filming, sound recording, directing, interviewing and presenting. The residency was supported by Scott and Suling Mead.


Here is the film the patients made. If you have trouble viewing it, you can also watch it directly on the YouTube site here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkSHJCek-q0


Storytelling at bedtime

Josh Gaillemin worked with children and young people in the Respiratory Sleep Unit.

Each night, as patients were preparing for their sleep assessments, Josh would encourage children to create their own stories. He then created a book, Cuthbert’s Quest for a Bedtime Story, which brings together elements from the each of the patients stories.

The book was illustrated by Kirsty Barton - pictures of the characters are on display next to each bedroom within the unit.

This project was generously supported by The Casey Trust and LexisNexis as part of their RE Cares initiative. Special thanks to Kirsty Barton for the illustrations and design for the book.

If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery.

Photography in X-ray

Photographer Nick Veasey joined the Radiology department to become our first X-ray photographer in residence.

Children and young people were invited to X-ray their favourite item or toy (for example a teddy bear or an iPod) and both experience the X-ray process from the perspective of the radiographer and become more familiar with the high-tech equipment and processes involved.

More than 150 X-ray artworks were created by patients, families, staff and children. A selection of the images are now on permanent display in the Radiology department.

Kirsty Barton brought a selection of these images together in a storybook: Hefty’s day in X-ray (PDF, 2MB).

This project was generously funded by the Friends of GOSH with support from supported by LexisNexis as part of their RE Cares initiative.


If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery.


Puppet making for all

Puppeteer Andy Jones led a series of puppet-making workshops with children from Rainbow Ward. He taught them how to create their own individual puppets and craft faces, facial expressions, hairstyles, hats and outfits.

Together, the participants created all the main characters from Peter Pan before performing their own version of the world-famous story.

This project was generously funded by the Friends of GOSH with support from supported by LexisNexis as part of their RE Cares initiative.


If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery. You can also download a PDF version of the Peter Pan book (PDF, 6.5MB), inspired by the children and the puppets they created.

 

Poetry in the Renal Unit

Poet Cherry Smyth visited the Renal Unit to run a series of creative writing workshops with children and young people while they were having dialysis.

The children looked at all sorts of creative writing including rap, poetry and song writing. The final works were illustrated by Kirsty Barton and published as a book (PDF, 820KB).

This project was generously funded by the Friends of GOSH with support from LexisNexis as part of their RE Cares initiative.

“The poetry programme is a wonderful idea and a great way of keeping the children creatively active while they are on dialysis.” Cyril Chantler, Chairman of the Trust

“The books were really lovely and the kids were so proud that they had done them. They all wanted to show me what they had done, some of them really made me smile as the poems are a true reflection of their personalities!” Cecilia McNeice, Senior Renal Staff Nurse, GOSH

If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery.

Artist in residence

Artist Sean Michael carried out workshops in the waiting areas of Elephant Daycare, allowing patients, visitors and staff to observe and take part in the creative processes of an artist.

The artwork is now on display in the lift lobby near Elephant Daycare.

The residency was supported by Paintings in Hospitals and the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award.

Sean Michael said: "I really enjoyed working with GOSH patients and felt privileged. The children were among the nicest I have ever worked with and it seems an incredibly effective place to work as an artist." 


If you are unable to view the slideshow, please visit our Flickr gallery.

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