“This is a wonderful cause that highlights what we already know, that arts and culture have a huge impact on both our physical and mental health. This project will fundamentally improve the experience of A&E for thousands of patients, using the talent of our leading artists to provide a calm and positive environment.”
Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was recently ranked as having the top performing A&E service in the country. However, the service is also under real pressure – it was designed to accommodate 60,000 patients but currently sees over 112,000 patients every year. The hospital has invested in a £10 million capital redevelopment of A&E to offer a space that is fit for 140,000 patients. Our £600,000 A&E appeal has brought together artists and designers, together with clinicians to turn this redevelopment into the leading A&E centre in England. Due to be completed in December 2016, we have been able to enhance the environment in each of the emergency departments.
Artwork in the Fracture Clinic was created by Taiwanese-born artist Jazz Szu-Ying Chen, who we commissioned to produce artwork throughout the Clinic. Skeletal figures are rendered in a novel way, forming playful compositions that present an alternative view of the traditional, anatomically correct representation of skeletons. Jazz created figures inspired by William Morris's colour schemes and botanical forms, thus cleverly combining the ornamental and the medical.
Find out more about the Fracture Clinic commission here.
Artist Helen Bridges was commissioned to produce artwork throughout the Emergency Observation Unit that can be enjoyed by a range of staff and patients but also incorporates supportive art and design principles that can help those with dementia. Using London as a starting point Helen created wallpapers incorporating London's most famous landmarks whilst a botanical theme inspired her window film, bringing a little of the outside in.
Find out more about the Emergency Observation Unit commission here.
As a part of our RELAX Digital programme we have installed a collection of moving image artworks by the Bridge Company in the Imaging Department waiting area. These were commissioned to create a calm and relaxing environment and are complemented by photographic light boxes in the ceiling above the trolley bay, which provide a calming view for those laying down.
We have installed bespoke lightboxes in each of the treatment bays in the new Resus department. These long, thin lightboxes display panoramic landscape photographs, provided by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital staff member and award-winning amateur photographer Dr Tom Pepper. The works sit comfortably in the eye line of patients, and provide soft alternative lighting.
Urgent Care Centre
Artist Monika Bravo has created a scheme of artwork for the Urgent Care Centre. Her overlaying of natural imagery, city scenes and bold colours transforms the department. The work, originally conceived as one long thin image, has been split into sections and applied to corridor spaces, treatments rooms and windows. The second half of the Urgent Care Centre will open in December, when we will apply the rest of the scheme.
Our new Paediatric Emergency Department has been designed by agency Boex. Artist Maddy Sargent has created a large illustration for the waiting room, as well as works applied to windows, walls and ceilings in the treatment rooms. Bridge Company have produced a series of video animal portraits to create a digital zoo. The animals will distract, engage and calm children as they receive treatment. We would like to thank Colchester Zoo, Battersea Park Children's Zoo, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, London Aquarium and Hounslow Urban Farm who kindly allowed us to film their animals.