Care Project unveiled at Mater Hospital

24/02/2011

Belfast Trust and Arts Care are today celebrating the unveiling of the ‘Care’ Project, a large artwork at the front of the Mater Hospital. The art work was created by groups of patients, including those from general and mental health facilities, and was facilitated by Patricia Lavery, Arts Care Artist in Residence at the Mater Hospital.

Belfast Trust and Arts Care are today celebrating the unveiling of the ‘Care’ Project, a large artwork at the front of the Mater Hospital. The art work was created by groups of patients, including those from general and mental health facilities, and was facilitated by Patricia Lavery, Arts Care Artist in Residence at the Mater Hospital.

The participants created collages – based on the theme of nature and water. Approximately 70 images in total were made and these were merged together by Alan Diver, Arts Care’s Graphic Artist, to make a photo montage, spelling the word ‘Care’, which has been affixed to the front of the hospital building. This exterior form of expression reflects the care and dedication of staff working with service users in the hospital, and also acts as a symbol representing what the Mater Hospital means to the local community in North Belfast.

Colm Donaghy, Belfast Trust Chief Executive said, ‘This Arts care project has been particularly innovative in its approach to recognising the value of community both within and around the Mater Hospital. The word ‘Care’ represents the Care the hospital staff show to service users, relatives and members of the local community, while also emphasizing the work of Arts Care within the Belfast Trust’.


Francis Murphy, Chairman of Arts Care paid tribute to all those involved in the project and saw this event as celebrating the partnership between Arts Care and Health and Social Care.


For further information on Arts Care visit their website at www.artscare.co.uk .


Pictured:
Francis Murphy (Chairperson, Arts Care), Lorna Hastings (Director of Arts Care), Patricia Lavery (Arts Care Artist in Residence), Bob Ferguson (Deputy Chair of Arts Care) and Colm Donaghy (Chief Executive, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust).