Helping patients recover through art

Namik Ozturk

Namik Ozturk - Credit: Archant

Artworks by talented students will be displayed throughout Spire Harpenden Hospital as part of a unique collaboration with the University of Herts.

Students from the university’s School of Creative Arts have been commissioned to produce a range of artwork as part of a £5 million refurbishment that includes the hospital’s reception, public areas and new Heartwood chemotherapy ward.

The successful students were challenged to create work for patients visiting and receiving treatment at the hospital that would support their recovery in a positive way.

Tricia Bryan, art consultant and project development officer at the School of Creative Arts, said: “We wanted to encourage our students to think about how they might translate their current practice into artwork suitable for a ‘real-world’ hospital environment.”

Hospital director Julia Salmon added: “Patients, visitors and staff throughout the hospital will enjoy the artwork when it is unveiled.”

The artists taking part are Sarah Mooney, Inna Allen and Namik Ozturk.