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Budding young artists brighten Neonatal Unit at RD&E

 

The Royal Devon & Exeter Neonatal Unit recently invited former patients to take part in a workshop to create art to display on the unit.

 

The unit works with Exeter Healthcare Arts to enhance the environment for parents during their babys' time at the hospital. Stephen Pettet-Smith, Head of Exeter Healthcare Arts, coordinated the project with Exeter based Double Elephant Print Workshop.

 

The children, who were aged between 6 months and 15 years old, their parents and staff worked with a local artist Catherine Cartwright to create monoprints – unique ‘one-off’ works of art.

 

The group used textured materials and coloured inks to create pictures inspired by the natural world. The artworks are now set to be framed and displayed around the unit’s bedrooms for parents.

 

Louise Rattenbury, Matron on the Unit, said: “This is a great opportunity for staff and former patients to get together and create something which will stay on the unit for future visitors to see and enjoy. It was wonderful to see all the children and the families again and doing so well.

 

“We find the art on the unit provides a cheerful distraction for visitors, who are often dealing with difficult and worrying circumstances when their new baby is in hospital. The fact that they have been created by previous patients is very special and helps us keep in touch with the community we serve.’’

 

Neonatal Unit Artists

Neonatal Unit Artists

artists neonatal unitThe Royal Devon & Exeter Neonatal Unit recently invited former patients to take part in a workshop to create art to display on the unit.

 

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