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Exeter Healthcare Arts - Recent projects & current plans

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Photo of the fish pondKate Malone has produced spectacular additions to the children’s ward courtyard where she previously developed the now much-loved Swim Fountain, see photo left. Kate has sculpted shoals of brightly coloured fish that now swim through the shrubbery of the courtyard. Elsewhere a rich array of shells and starfish are to be discovered under bushes and amongst the flowerbeds. To complete the project two beautifully decorated ‘fish seats’ have been installed.   The children’s ward has also been enhanced with new entrance signage and a showcase to display the work produced by children in the hospital school.


The emergence of digital media as an art form is both exciting and appropriate to arts in health projects.  Artists Dane Watkins and Rob Richards have worked with the Diabetes Research team to develop a pioneering system to distract and entertain volunteers undergoing tests.  In future the project can be adapted to the needs of patients and a bank of digital experiences will be established via competitions on the World Wide Web. It is planned that these projects Photo of courtyard gardenwill be presented in waiting and treatment areas on plasma screens.


To date, arts in health projects devised and delivered by EHCA have been based within the acute hospitals.


Paul Anderson and Rose Gallagher have carefully considered the special needs of cancer patients in the design of an intimate courtyard garden providing shelter and shade.


Attending or visiting cancer care facilities can be worrying and unnerving. Morr Design has created an entrance landscape scheme intended to help alleviate these stresses for patients attending the ELF Haematology Centre, see photo right .Photo of mother and child carving


The new Centre for Women's Health has a Portland Stone relief carving of a mother and child by Mike Chapman, which was commissioned by the former head of Midwifery Kate Coldwell to celebrate her retirement. The work has been completed and installed as part of a garden for nursing mothers. See photo left. EHCA logo


We know from research that a view from a window onto landscape is beneficial for patient wellbeing. The view from delivery rooms is presently dominated by the plain façade of an adjoining building. Artist Xanthe Mosley is producing a series of massive landscape pictures of sunny Devon scenes. A project to enhance the new atrium is also planned.