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Littlemore Mental Health Centre – Detailed Design

Thursday 4th May 2017 – 

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft artwork awaiting approval to go into production – we are working with our client team to review / comment and approve in the next few days so we can meet our install schedule.

 

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

At this stage I set all the imagery against a black background – which actually indicates glazing with no printing – just clear glass.

This work will be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl. The process allows for a layer of colour, followed by a layer of white and finally another layer of colour. The artwork can be read equally from both viewing sides – inside or outside the building. The production level artwork files, sampling and final digital printing and installation is done by my long-time collaborators, Vinyl Graphics Ltd.

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Various degrees of opacity and transparency are designed into the artwork. As a rule this is worked out via single colour files – in this case magenta – which clearly indicate degrees of opacity.

Draft Magenta Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Magenta Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Magenta Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork: Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Littlemore Mental Health Centre, Oxford

Project Update – 20th April 2017 

Mental Health Services at Littlemore Mental Health Centre, are directed and managed by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust .

This arts in health project was commissioned for Wenric Ward , which provides Low Secure Adult Services  – by Tom Cox of Artscape and the Staff of Wenric Ward.

Information about the history of the earlier Littlemore Hospital in Oxford can be accessed via this link to the Oxfordshire Health Archives  and to the accompanying site about County Asylums 

Tom worked alongside Occupational Therapists Helen Keay (Senior OT) and Holly Williams, in collaborating with patients, to undertake a series of workshops centred around drawing and mark making. I was subsequently provided with access to these drawings as inspiration for the artwork, using where possible, drawing motifs, textures and colours which formed part of the outcome from the creative sessions.

The project site is created within the internal circulation space of the Ward, centred around a small external courtyard. Artwork will be digitally printed onto optically clear vinyl and applied to the glazing, which provides views into the courtyard. The artwork has been commissioned to be applied on three sides of the courtyard glazing taking in the Circulation Corridor, Lounge and Multi-Faith Room, animating the space, introducing colour and detail and to visually engage patients and staff.

 

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Part 2

The Chemotherapy Treatment Room. During my last visit to site on 13th March 2017 – I was really interested to see how the creative concept for the project had been applied in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room – a state of the art, 6 chair Chemotherapy Suite.

The artwork was to be applied to the adjustable privacy screens adjacent to each chair. The work forms a continuous landscape, divided into 6 sections, which will be continually re-arranged to present new combinations as the screens are used throughout the day.

These screens were manufactured and installed by Kwickscreen. 

The Christie Hospital has also launched a 3 day a week chemotherapy service at the new £1.8m Macmillan Unit.

Tameside Macmillan Unit.  Willis Newson. IBI Group Architects. John Turner Construction Group

 

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Part 1

I made my last visit to site on 13th March 2017 – to see the artworks fully installed. The interiors throughout the new unit are all completed, fully furnished and operational and the first clinics were to be held the very next day. Tameside Macmillan Unit  Willis Newson

No more words – only images –

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit at Tameside Hospital – Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the main corridor bespoke wallcovering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & solid timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & solid timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Main Corridor Artwork … nearly there !

17th January 2017

New Macmillan Unit for Tameside& Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

I know that this has been a rather long session of recent postings – but I am in ‘catch-up’ mode and before the new unit opens I wanted to get as much of the project documented, so bear with me if you can !

Detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

By far the most visible of the installations being delivered is the large scale bespoke ‘landscape’ running the length of the new corridor space. This artwork is not a linear narrative, so can be experienced from whatever direction you are walking in. It isn’t a conventional landscape either, with a foreground, horizon and expansive sky. It may have elements of this about it – BUT, the original walk I made with Stewart Ramsden into the Landscape of Tameside was only the beginning of a creative process and the development of a descriptive iconography which could help to tell a story about a journey.

Detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Close up detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

The artwork was developed, manufactured and installed by VGL Ltd. The work is printed onto Dreamscape Suede Wallcovering which has a Poly Cotton fabric backing.

The design work was extensively sampled, with sample installations being carried out at the Hospital –  as you can see from the following images. Where necessary the design was then tweaked to fit following comments before finally being approved for full printing and manufacture.

Main Corridor to the New Macmillan Unit by IBI Group Architects prior to the installation of the artworks. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

The detail strips of artwork , shown here in red, were to be sample printed by VGL at full scale for discussion and approval. Image: Christopher Tipping

The detail strips of artwork , shown here in red, were to be sample printed by VGL at full scale for discussion and approval. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Following approval of the strip samples, a full scale print run started and was installed on site for further comment and review / approval.

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Glazed Partition Screens …

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens following the installation of the glazed panels. Artist: Christopher Tipping. Image: The Printed Film Company

Detail of one of the Glazed Partition Screens against a backdrop of the printed wallcovering. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

The artwork proposals extend to and include a series of glazed partition screens situated along one side of the main corridor, opposite the large-scale bespoke wallcovering, which itself acts as a grand backdrop to the new unit. The screens however, can be viewed from both sides, extending the reach of the artwork, which becomes something of a ‘theatre in the round’, presenting multiple viewing points and visual ‘conversations’ & interplay, not only with the artwork, but with the wider architectural scheme and interiors. The brief called for these screens to have the artwork encapsulated as a printed laminate between layers of safety glass. I collaborated with both VGL and The Printed Film Company on this element of the work.

The Printed Film Company described their brief as:

“We were asked to supply decorative laminated safety glass partitions in the main corridor; 6mm + 6mm low iron toughened glass, PVB laminated encapsulating our optically clear PET interlayer, on which we digitally printed the required designs to give pleasing environmental visuals along with manifestation. We procured the glass, printed the interlayer’s and managed the lamination process before delivering the laminated panels to site for installation”.

There are some lovely images of the work on their website –

The glazing panels were fitted into timber frames by the Macmillan Project main contractors, John Turner Construction Group

Draft design for glazed partition screen to main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Draft design for glazed partition screen to main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens prior to the installation of the glazed panels. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens following the installation of the glazed panels. Artist: Christopher Tipping. Image: The Printed Film Company

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens following the installation of the glazed panels. Artist: Christopher Tipping. Image: The Printed Film Company

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens following the installation of the glazed panels. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens prior to the installation of the glazed panels. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the Timber Partition Screens following the installation of the glazed panels. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

This image also shows the print-white vinyl manifestations applied to the external glazing. These panels provided a much needed interface between the interior paces and the black brick wall outside.

Draft design for 2 glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Draft designs for 4 glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Areas of optically clear glazing, with no artwork are shown here – images above and below – in black.

Draft designs for 2 glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Production design draft for 4 glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: VGL

This colour image forms part of the production design detailing and indicates – via darker and lighter magenta tones, the opacity and translucency of a white interlayer, which has colour printed on both sides. The darker the tone, the more opaque the colour.

Production design technical draft for 4 glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: The Printed Film Co

The image above, illustrates the same process described earlier whereby the print-white layer creates the opacity and transparency of the final colour artwork – in this instance the degrees of print-white are indicated in shades of blue.

A wide range of samples were produced to achieve the right balance of translucent and opaque colour.

Production related design samples design for glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Christopher Tipping

Production related glass design samples by The Printed Film Company for the glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Production related glass design samples by The Printed Film Company for the glazed partition screens to the main corridor. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Detail of one of the Glazed Partition Screens against a backdrop of the printed wallcovering. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Detail of one of the Glazed Partition Screens against a backdrop of the printed wallcovering. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

 

 

Chemotherapy Treatment Room

16th January 2017

Draft design for the Tameside ‘landscape’ of 5 interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

The Chemotherapy Treatment Room within the New Macmillan Unit at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust will feature five retractable ‘pull-out’ privacy screens manufactured by Kwickscreen, onto which artwork can be digitally printed. The flexible material for printing is an opaque, but translucent (if that makes sense!) crisp white vinyl. We have proposed a series of artworks inspired by the theme originally drawn out in the main corridor artwork & also by the new planting and design of the adjacent external courtyard designed by Olivia Kirk Gardens. The large windows of the Treatment Room face directly into this newly refurbished and planted space.

It is unlikely that all the screens will be drawn out at the same time…what is more likely is that smaller sections of each screen may be visible at various times, creating an ever changing backdrop to the activity in the room.

A draft design for the Chemotherapy Treatment Room retractable privacy screen. Image: Kwickscreen / Christopher Tipping

Plan Drawing – A draft design for the 5 screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room featuring retractable privacy screens. Image: Christopher Tipping / IBI Group Architects

Draft design for the 5 double sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

1 of 5 – ‘Tameside Landscape’ of interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

2 of 5 – ‘Tameside Landscape’ of interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

3 of 5 – ‘Tameside Landscape’ of interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

4 of 5 – ‘Tameside Landscape’ of interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

5 of 5 – ‘Tameside Landscape’ of interrelated & double-sided retractable privacy screens in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Designs for production…

Monday 16th January 2017

We decided to keep the development and manufacture of the detailed site-specific artwork for the unit under wraps to allow for further consultation, production development and sampling etc. Since the last post 8 months ago now, things have really moved on!

Following design approvals and sign-off at the end of April 2016, we embarked on the detailed design work for production with VGL and other specialist contractors and suppliers.

We are collaborating with VGL on a broad range of digital designs, including a large scale polychrome bespoke Wallcovering to the Main Corridor and print-white Glazing Vinyls to the external glazing frames. VGL are further assisting us in the supply of digital production files for:

Laminated Glazed Screens being manufactured by The Printed Film Co 

Retractable Privacy Screens for the Chemotherapy Treatment Room, being manufactured and supplied by Kwickscreen.

The following images show some of this process, including building works, sampling and sample site-installations, testing the ideas. Many thanks to Architects IBI Group  and Main Contractors John Turner 

 

One that got away ! …Early drafts for undeveloped SuperGraphic signage / railing detail.

Draft for SuperGraphic signage / railing for the Macmillan Unit entrance by Christopher Tipping.

 

Draft for SuperGraphic signage / railing for the Macmillan Unit entrance by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping / IBI Group Architects

Michael Hughes of IBI Group – our Project Architect, has however designed a brilliant new canopy entrance feature – not sure I can show that one just yet ! – but will get an image asap !

A large vocabulary of individual landscape inspired elements were developed for the project, using documentary photographs taken on my walk with Stewart & further drawings and studies made in the studio.

List of vector images and iconography developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colour iconography / elements developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

As per usual in my practice, some of this iconography is part of a common language of ideas which appear throughout my work – some are original to this project, some may find their way into the next project. Some have migrated from a previous project. This is my original ‘handwriting’, and may offer clues to the driving elements which fuel my approach to any work.

Individual coloured iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Individual coloured iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

How to make a DREAM STREAM – Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

How to make A44.’DREAM STREAM’ – rules on creating an Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for REEDS – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for PLOUGH PATTERN – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for A66. LARGE GRITSTONE – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

House of Lords – Arts and Healthcare Environments Round Table

On Monday 13th June I was asked to contribute to an All Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing at the House of Lords. 

The Arts and Healthcare Environments Round Table was chaired by Lord Crisp and was organised by Alex Coulter “Alex has been Director of Art & Health South West since 2010. Before that she managed the Arts in Hospital project at Dorset County Hospital for 13 years. and worked as a free lance arts and health consultant in the acute and primary care sectors. As part of her role with AHSW she represents the region on the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and provides the secretariat for theAll Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing”. Arts & Health South West

“The Arts and Healthcare Environments round table is hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. It is one in a series of round tables in which practitioners, academics, policy makers, those with lived experience and managers of services are invited to share their knowledge and experience with parliamentarians. The aim is to inform policy recommendations for the APPG’s Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

The integration of the arts into hospital environments is, arguably, the great success story of the arts and health movement in this country. Major initiatives, such as the King’s Fund Healing Environments programme and the work by CABE (the Commission for the Built Environment) and NHS Estates, in the 1990s and 2000s have had a significant and lasting impact. This round table will consider the critical success factors in this area of arts and health practice, how these might influence our thinking about policy for the wider arts and health sector, as well as consider what next for arts in healthcare environments. We will broaden the discussion to incorporate issues such as staff experience and retention, design of products and services, and the integration of gardens and horticulture into healthcare environments.” Alex Coulter

Participants:

Gilly Angell, Expert Patient, UCLH Cancer Centre

Sir Quentin Blake, Artist

Paul Brooks, Associate Director of Patient Experience and Facilities Management, Derby Teaching

Hospitals and Laura Waters, Arts Programme Manager, Derby Teaching Hospitals

Clare Devine, Executive Director Architecture, Built Environment and Design, Design Council Cabe

Guy Eades, Director of Healing Arts, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight

Susan Francis, Programme Director for Architects for Health

Professor Fiona Sampson, poet

Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

Sally Thompson, Director Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust

Chris Tipping, Artist

Paul Williams, Stanton Williams Architects

Jane Willis, Director of Willis Newson

Following the round table we were all invited to celebrate the launch of Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2016 hosted by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity at St Thomas’ Hospital. “This national showcase of work in hospitals from across the country will offer an insight into some of the ways the arts can enhance the 21st Century hospital”.

I have worked as an artist within Healthcare Environments since the very outset of my career – so this was a very privileged opportunity for me to make a contribution to the debate and hopefully in some small way, to influence future policy for the better.

Also – this was my first time inside the Houses of Parliament ! I couldn’t believe I was standing in Westminster Hall –

My pictures are not so good – but the experience really was !

Houses of Parliament, Monday 13th June 2016 Image: Christopher Tipping

Houses of Parliament, Monday 13th June 2016 Image: Christopher Tipping

Inside Westminster Hall, Monday 13th June 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

Inside Westminster Hall, Monday 13th June 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

Westminster Hall is 900 years old – “The magnificent hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall is the largest medieval timber roof in Northern Europe. Measuring 20.7 by 73.2 metres (68 by 240 feet), the roof was commissioned in 1393 by Richard II, and is a masterpiece of design”.

The massive and magnificent hammer beam roof of Westminster Hall. Monday 13th June 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

The massive and magnificent hammer beam roof of Westminster Hall. Monday 13th June 2016. Image: Christopher Tipping

A carved angel - part of the massive hammer beam roof of Westminster Hall, Monday 13th June 2016

A carved angel – part of the massive hammer beam roof of Westminster Hall, Monday 13th June 2016

The Whiteleaf Centre – Stage 2 completed

The Ward Round Rooms at the Whiteleaf Centre have now been completed.

VGL Ltd collaborated with me on the production design and then manufactured and installed the digitally printed artwork wall coverings.

Tom Cox of Artscape has managed the project from the outset. A big thanks for all his contribution and assistance with the project !

A few images of Amber, Sapphire and Ruby Ward Round Rooms – Opal Ward is still missing – but I will post some images as soon as they come in –

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Amber Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Sapphire Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room,  Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox

Ward Round Room, Ruby Ward, Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury by Christopher Tipping. Image: Tom Cox