Mural brightens up Wansbeck Hospital to promote relaxation
A new bright and colourful nature mural has recently been completed at Wansbeck General Hospital’s community garden in Ashington for all to enjoy.
Led by local charity Groundwork NE & Cumbria, the project was carried out by volunteers, community groups and education providers Buzz Learning and Astley Community High School, giving adults and young people the opportunity to take part in an exciting and collaborative visual artwork.
The project was funded and supported by international paint company AkzoNobel, who create the Dulux brand paint, HSS Hire in Ashington and bait, which is funded by Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council to engage local people in high quality and inspiring arts experiences.
Made up of a central butterfly motif with stylised spring flowers, the mural forms the perfect backdrop for a community garden that includes an array of flowers, colourful nature mosaics and outdoor seating area that allows Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust staff, patients and members of the public to take time out and relax in a peaceful setting.
The mural was the result of different community groups working to produce original drawings that were combined by graphic designer Geoff Jones to produce a finished design. As part of the project, 16 young people from Astley Community High School and Buzz Learning were able to acquire skills in painting and decorating and working together as a team.
Lisa Blaney, Arts for Health Manager from bait, said, “We’ve worked in partnership to enable local people to get involved in creating and taking part in an inspiring art project. This has included supporting local emerging artist Isla Haddow who, in her role as a Creative Connector, has encouraged more people to get involved. She has also achieved a new PASMA qualification to allow her to complete the work.”
Isla added ‘It has been a lot of work, but the overall result will hopefully lift the spirits of those that use the hospital’s services well into the future.’
Jeff Hope, Head of AkzoNobel Ashington Manufacturing Unit commented, “We are thrilled that we could contribute to the Wansbeck Hospital Mural Project by donating the paint required to complete the mural. We look forward to the unveiling of the mural and seeing the benefits it will give to all hospital staff, patients and visitors. Donating paint to this project is the latest in a series of community relationships the firm is building in the area.”
Ian McMinn, non-executive director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and chairman of its charitable funds committee which funded the community garden project, said: “This has been a special project for our Bright charity, working in partnership with local companies to get the community involved in painting and gardening.”
“Our staff and patients enjoy being able to get out into the fresh air whenever they can. The mural and garden are enjoyable and healthy therapy for everyone.”
Pictured: Stuart Jones, Project Officer, Groundwork NE & Cumbria and David Thompson, Non-Executive Director, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.