Bringing artists, crafts people and designers into Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) helps raise patient spirits and boost morale. We run a range of workshops including visual arts, music, crafts, and dance.
Transplant animation project
GO Create! has been working with the Foundling Museum on a special project on Eagle ward.
The kidney transplant process was the focus of this project, which built on our previous successful creative partnerships and was supported by the Play Department. Children and young people awaiting transplant worked with artists to produce an animated guide to the process and the experience of being in hospital.
They also explored the history of the Foundling Museum and its links to GOSH. The resulting animation will also be available on the Patient Bedside Entertainment system so it can be accessed and used by staff or families wanting to understand the journey to transplant from a patient’s perspective.
Foundling Museum Workshops
Following a series of workshops at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), artwork created by patients was exhibited at the Foundling Museum in their newly refurbished Introductory Gallery.
The project was inspired by the cockades (a circular or oval knot of ribbons, usually worn on a hat) and tokens in the museum collection, which mothers left with their babies when they were admitted to the Foundling Hospital.
Patients worked with artist Davina Drummond, learning about the history of the museum and creating fabric ‘rosettes’. They were then invited to print on them with their own ideas and messages for the future.
Participants and families were then invited to see the exhibition and the new galleries at the Foundling Museum for free.
This project is part of an on-going partnership between The Foundling Museum and GO Create!
You can view the full image gallery on Flickr.
The British Library comes to GOSH
GO Create! is very excited to welcome the British Library to GOSH to deliver a series of creative workshops and events in Spring 2013. Patients and their families are invited to join in fun-filled sessions of stories and story-making. Activities include:
Create imaginary worlds using book pages, maps and newspapers. In this craft-based session, we will be making mini sculptures of places we know and places we want to go, inspired by the British Library’s extraordinary collections.
World of words
Join us for rhymes, tales and nonsense poems with storyteller Sef Townsend. Listen to Sef weave words and twist tales before creating a story of your own. Then, use a range of art materials to make a zig-zag book and decorative book cover to put your story in.
Stories of the world
Storyteller Sef Townsend will draw on his experience of living and working in five continents to share wonderful tales of people and places across the globe. His imaginative stories will transport young people from London to a far-off land.
Pictures in your Pocket
Pictures in your Pocket is a new and exciting partnership with the London Transport Museum (LTM). The project included a week of art workshops in our Outpatients department where children and young people used toy cars, trains and buses instead of paintbrushes to create mini canvases.
There were also transport safety displays in Main Reception led by members of the LTM Safety and Citizenship team. The feedback we received from families was excellent.
In addition, the museum have very generously provided us with some free annual passes for families who took part in the workshops. All GOSH families can also enjoy discounted entry to the museum on production of a limited-edition leaflet about the project.
You can view the full gallery on Flickr.
Storytelling for grown-ups
Earlier this year, we held the first creative workshops aimed at GOSH parents, play specialists and other hospital staff. These sessions were led by professional storyteller Josh Gaillemin from The Whole Story.
Storytelling can help develop language and creativity skills, as well as being an enjoyable bonding experience between an adult and a child. These fun, practical, hands-on workshops taught participants simple techniques for creating stories aimed at children and young people.
If you are unable to view the workshops image gallery, please visit Flickr.