Hospital Rooms: Using art to battle mental health
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Rachael Champion, 'Telephone Room' at Bluebell Lodge. Photo: Damian Griffiths.After a competitive application process, this year sees Hospital Rooms working with six mental health units that were chosen for their dedication to creating an artistic environment for their patients. These projects are supported by Arts Council England, amongst other foundations, who collaborate with artists. The fashion brand Seasalt, for example, commissioned a piece by Anna Barriball for one facility, as well as donating a sum of money from the sales of their popular Sailor Socks.
One of the charity’s ongoing projects is Bluebell Lodge, an inpatient rehabilitation unit for men aged 18 to 65 years old who suffer from severe mental illness. Six artists, including Rachael Champion and Shaw himself, were commissioned to create unique environments that encourage social interaction and create calm within patients. The murals seek to remove the barrier between patients and the outside world, decreasing their vulnerability and segregation. Art is
Antony Gormley, 'Mind Matters', hung at Bluebell Lodge. Image: Hospital Rooms.
Hospital Rooms isn’t the only charity working to reinvigorate mental health units. The
These charities work with artists to better the lives of people suffering from mental illness, illustrating the healing powers of creativity.
Anna Barriball, 'Daylight' at Bluebell Lodge. Image: Hospital Rooms.