Student artwork: just what the doctor ordered

STUNNING artwork by talented student artists will be displayed throughout Spire Harpenden Hospital as part of a unique collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire.

Students from the University’s School of Creative Arts have been commissioned to produce a range of artwork as part of a £5million refurbishment that includes the Hospital’s reception, public areas and new Heartwood chemotherapy ward. 

The successful students were challenged to create work for patients visiting and receiving treatment at the hospital that would support their recovery in a positive way.

Tricia Bryan, Art Consultant and Project Development Officer at the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire said: “We wanted to encourage our students to think about how they might translate their current practice into artwork suitable for a ‘real-world’ hospital environment.   

“Working with Spire Harpenden Hospital has given them an invaluable opportunity to gain professional development skills that will help them with their future careers.”

Julia Salmon, Hospital Director at Spire Harpenden Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the University on this exciting initiative. 

“Patients, visitors and staff throughout the hospital will enjoy the artwork when it is unveiled.  It is an exciting part of the refurbishment that is taking place across the hospital to improve the service and support we provide.”

Meet the artists

Sarah Moroney is a textile artist whose work in print and stitch is inspired by the natural world, especially flowers.  She is creating four pieces of art for the new Heartwood chemotherapy ward based on original photographs of flowers taken locally in Hertfordshire. She hopes that these pieces, printed onto cotton fabric and embellished with stitch work and embroidery, will help lift the spirit of patients. 

Inna Allen is exploring how simple photo editing of ordinary natural forms can create entirely new, almost magical, kaleidoscopic qualities.  Her photographs, which can be perceived very differently as each viewer sees and interprets them, portray hope and life through their visual qualities (colours, light, shapes and shades) as well as through their titles (Sprout and Light).

Namik Ozturk is utilising surfaces discovered within and around Spire Harpenden to create rubbings for unique designs that will engage patients, visitors, and staff with their scale, shape, colour and texture.  He utilises living and inanimate objects to create abstract patterns and designs using a process known as frottage.

“The fun part is making, but the exciting part is the discovery,” said Namik. 

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