New Artwork Celebrates Community Spirit in Belfast City Hospital

25/01/2011

A new artwork celebrating ‘Community Spirit’ will be unveiled in Belfast City hospital today. This project was created by ArtsCare artist-in-residence Andrea Spencer, working with patients, staff and visitors at the hospital.

A new artwork celebrating ‘Community Spirit’ will be unveiled in Belfast City hospital today. This project was created by ArtsCare artist-in-residence Andrea Spencer, working with patients, staff and visitors at the hospital.

The artwork, designed by Andrea is constructed of coloured glass and ceramic tiles and will feature an image of local man George Donaldson and his dog Benji who have been a longstanding part of the City Hospital community.


The art work was unveiled by Dr Robert Cuthbert, Consultant Haematologist, and current chairman of the Belfast City Hospital Arts Care committee.

Tile Making Workshop

A feature of the project was the tile making workshops for patients and the public that took place in October 2010 in the City Hospital Tower foyer and also the Macmillan Support and Information Centre. They were a great success and saw many patients, staff and visitors contributing to the project by making their mark on the clay tiles that will surround the central image of George and Benji. A total of 400 clay tiles were made, many of which now carry unique, personal messages embedded into the clay.

George has been involved with the creation of the artwork, visiting on a weekly basis to help with rolling out clay tiles and talking to people about the artwork as it is being made.


For further information on Arts Care visit their website at www.artscare.co.uk  or contact Andrea Spencer andrea.spencer@belfasttrust.hscni.net