This year, due to COVID-19, the festival is completely virtual. The key identity of the festival remains the same, to celebrate the groundbreaking work happening around the country bringing together culture, creativity, health and wellbeing all under the theme of Positive Futures.
Every day this week (18-22 May) we will be showcasing aspects of our award-winning Arts in Health programme. Keep an eye out on our social media (@cwpluscharity) for updates.
See our listings for the week below:
MONDAY 18 MAY 2020
To kick off Creativity and Wellbeing Week, we’re sharing our short film all about our award-winning Arts in Health programme at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Hear from Trystan Hawkins, CW+ Patient Environment Director as well as clinicians and hospital staff as they take us through the rich history of art and design in our hospitals and what it means for our patients.
TUESDAY 19 MAY 2020
We are pleased to release two films produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (RCA). We commissioned RCA graduates to submit a film to be included within our RELAX Digital programme, and displayed in various areas throughout our hospitals. The winning pitches came from artists Kit Mead and Eda Sarman.
Our RELAX Digital programme places digital artwork in waiting and treatment areas throughout our hospitals. The moving image pieces are screened on high definition displays and are used to distract and engage patients during their hospital visit.
WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2020
Virtual Connections is a new digital online arts programme to support the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and those self-isolating in the wider community. Based on our existing Arts for All programme, Virtual Connections allows our artists to continue to digitally engage with patients, family, friends and staff who are either in hospital, or at home in the community.
On Wednesday, we will be hosting a virtual Q&A with our Patient Environment Director and Arts in Health expert, Trystan Hawkins. Trystan will be talking all things art, design and innovation in healthcare. Have you got a burning question about our programme or arts in health more generally? Submit them to email@example.com by 9am Wednesday. Make sure to join us on Zoom for the live Q&A, details below:
Wednesday 20 May 2020
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Meeting ID: 842 3256 7550
THURSDAY 21 MAY 2020
Our Future Hospital and CW Innovation programmes explore the latest innovations in technology within an Arts in Health setting. Stemming from our hugely successful and award winning Relax Digital project, we are now developing this work into a more immersive, personal experience for the patient through the use of Virtual Reality (VR).
FRIDAY 22 MAY 2020
Our bespoke, digital artwork commission The Zoo is a 90-minute-long film which can be played on a seamless loop, featuring moving portraits of 42 different animals, ranging from domestic to wild. The film was designed with creative filmmakers Accademia to provide a positive distraction to children waiting or being treated in the Children’s Emergency Department as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, who can often be anxious, distressed or experiencing pain.