The Art and Design Team's main aim is to provide a varied, ongoing programme of artistic enhancements to improve the environment of York Hospital for patients, staff and visitors.
Some of the activities that the Art and Design team are involved in:
Sourcing donated works of art to be hung along corridors, in waiting rooms and wards.
Working with hospital Staff to improve the feel of specific spaces within the hospital, using new colour schemes, introduction of art into the spaces and setting up music or performance schedules.
Organising and updating exhibitions of current artists work
Working directly with patients on artistic projects such as painting, mosaic making, printing, collage and animation.
Bringing music into wards and public spaces by finding local musicians willing to donate their time to the hospital.
Working with local artists, creative and community groups on collaborative projects, enhancing the experience of patients and staff
Raising funds to go back into continuing to provide artistic distractions from the potentially distressing experience often associated with hospitalisation.
Gill Greaves is from an arts and museums curatorship background. The importance of the environment and design is key to Gill's work.
Gill works part time for the hospital and freelances for Museums design agencies and heritage consultancies for the rest of the week which enables her to bring in many ideas from the arts and creative industries into the work in the hospital.
Kat Hetherington began her work in the Creative Industries with a Community Arts group in Grimsby. Since moving to York, she has attained a BA in Art and Design, spent several years working for Creative York and has now joined the Art and Design Team at York Hospital.
Kat works to support the Art and Design Officer Gill Greaves, and is primary point of contact for new enquiries.
Following her degree, Anne taught in secondary art education for several years, before starting her own practise. She has exhibited her work in London, Manchester and York. She has worked in a variety of media including oil pastel, acrylic, print and mosaic.
Anne works with patients on The Enhanced Recovery programme, helping them to take their minds off being in hospital by providing arts and crafts projects and encouraging participation.