Belfast Children's Hospital Art Gallery a UK First

20/04/2016

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Hosts Permanent ART Gallery

The UK’s first dedicated regional children and young people’s art gallery to be located in a hospital has opened at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Developed by Arts Care, Northern Ireland’s leading Arts in Health charity, the contemporary gallery will showcase art works produced by sick and vulnerable children and young people from across Northern Ireland.

The permanent exhibition space, designed to professional gallery standards, is part of an ongoing initiative to give children and young people a ‘creative voice’. Children will produce art with the help of Arts Care’s professional artist team and the aim is to reduce anxiety caused by their illnesses and healthcare treatment.

The gallery, known as ‘Cartwheel 999’, is funded by Belfast Harbour, Arts in Business and Children in Need, with the support of Northern Ireland’s five Health & Social Care Trusts and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Located near the hospital’s new MRI scanner the gallery will be viewed by thousands of people every year

Dr Michael Mc Bride Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said:

“I am honoured to be here today. This art gallery represents an expressive opportunity for our younger patients to share their feelings and emotions, it gives them a visual voice and has untold creative and therapeutic benefits.

“I wish to thank the Arts Care team and all the staff at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for making this possible. Additional praise must go to the organisations whose generous funding brought this concept to life. This art project is an excellent example of partnership opportunities between health organisations, the community and other stakeholder organisations.