Redwoods Centre Enhancement Project Through Engagement in the Arts
- Artist(s):Amy Cushing, Lynda Florence, Seiko Kinoshita
- Artform(s):Textiles, print, glass
- Commissioner(s):South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT)
- Venue(s):Redwoods Centre
- Health Need(s):Mental Health
Redwoods Centre is a new mental health facility in Shrewsbury, which has taken integrated art and design into the structure and the ethos of the building and service, which it offers.
The arts manager became part of the steering group and ensured the arts were considered right from the onset. In partnership with service users, carers and community and staff they created a vision during the consultation phase which placed artwork at the centre of the plan. An arts strategy was created and funding was sought to ensure appropriate artwork was commissioned which would enhance the architectural features but also which would help promote and support the caring service provided by the trust.
Working closely with craftspace to shortlist prospective artists, over 40 people including service users, career and staff came to a presentation day to select the final pieces. 4 commissions were agreed and they created pieces in cooperation with service users. Amy Cushing developed work for the main entrance using glass, Lynda Florence used textiles and printing, Seiko Kinoshita created textural pieces suspended from the ceilings and work was undertaken with the artist in residence in the forensics unit. Artwork also included working with over 300 local school children to create an image bank for pictures in bedrooms and public spaces. As this was a new facility, some of the artwork was also used to help people document the history of the old hospital.
The arts manager worked closely with the artists and users to create designs which were comforting and familiar with the population who would used the building, whilst at the same time not compromising on the quality of the artwork. To read more about the project and view artworks, click here.
‘An opportunity to develop high quality artworks to enhance a new centre with crucial support and participation from in-patients, service users, staff, partners, artists, local community, senior management, schools and colleges. 5 large commissions; 20 local artists work; 120 children's artwork; a collaborative mosaic; photographs by staff and service users.’
Read more about South Staffs and Shropshire's Arts for Health programme.