Artinsite and the Hillingdon Project
Artinsite were mandated to produce artwork in the Alzheimer's Wing in Hillingdon Hospital. Neurological research indicates that patients' awareness of strong color and texture are better retained and recognized and that therefore these artistic elements were integral to the eventual design. Likewise given the demography of the patients, and in order to provide a comfortable sense of the familiar, the art work should include mid century objects. Within these specifics the overall objective was to provide a consistent set of images that both provided comfort and could also act as a colored location reminder or visual map as to the location of particular wards.
Cognizant of their mandate, Artinsite were drawn to my work in the RA Summer Exhibition 2013. My work typically uses strong colors and via the multiple application of pastel is heavily textured. It is quiet meditative work, neither soulful or joyous but oftentimes depicting a happy contentment. It seemed like a fit.
After some trial and error always with the focus of making the patient's experience a better one clear patterns began to emerge. The four dormitories, nurses, entrance and living room areas required different but thematically consistent images, all needing to sit happily within their particular location.
In the end together we achieved our core objectives and it was a fascinating and rewarding experience working with Artinsite to produce the required results.
Beaconsfield East Ward - Hillingdon Hospital