Celebrating 10 years of Fresh Arts

Friday, 29 September 2017

Fresh Arts is our arts programme, aiming to enhance patient experience and improve morale through the arts across Southmead and Cossham Hospitals. 

This month we celebrated Fresh Arts' 10th birthday, and would like to share some special memories from over the years:

Celebrating 10 years of Fresh Arts

2007

Fresh Arts is launched

2008

Design company Boex helps create a colourful new children’s waiting area at Frenchay A&E

Clare Underhill designs the Heritage Corridor project, a walking tour through Frenchay’s history

2009

Fresh Arts’ first Arts Programme Manager is appointed

A monthly Staff Arts Club is launched

Textile artist Anne Griffiths designs and makes bier covers for the refurbished viewing rooms at Frenchay

Children from Begbrook Primary School work with artist Beki Lines and NBT staff to create the 2010 Treading Lightly calendar and exhibition

2010

Boex Design Company creates a beech bench for the middle entrance at Frenchay

Bristol artist Pete Moorhouse and staff designs a six-metre high steel sculpture ‘Holding Pattern’

The first staff art exhibition brightens the walls of both hospitals

Live music at the bedside starts with the Archer Pearce duo

2011

Photographer James Dwyer and oral historian Mary Ingoldby create portrait project 'In Whom We Trust'

2012

As the Blackberry Hill laundry closes, Oral historian Mary Ingoldby and photographer Simona Piantieri documents staff's contribution over the years

2013

Artist Pete Moorhouse works with five schools and nurseries to transform Cotswold Clinic Courtyard into a Moroccan-inspired courtyard

Show of Strength Theatre Company and an oral historian, photographer and designer interviews and documents staff at the old Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals for five-minute theatre monologues, soundscapes and a permanent exhibition: What’s Our Story

2014

The Brunel building opens, with seven artists creating sculptures and a water feature as part of the public art programme

An arts festival is held to celebrate the opening of the Brunel building

2015

Artists Aoife Barrett and Monika Rycerz works with pupils at St Stephen’s Primary, Cossham, to cheer up the main Cossham Hospital waiting area

Bristol-based textile artist Penny Leaver Green interviews organ donors’ families and organ recipients to create a new artwork for the Brunel building, 'A Few Words'

The second Fresh Arts Festival is held

2016

Large vinyl wall panels are installed in wards to support patients with dementia

Fresh Arts starts weekly visual arts, music and storytelling sessions for patients with complex needs

2017

Life Books is launched, a pilot Arts on Referral (AoR) project with neuro-psychiatry patients from the Rosa Burden unit at Southmead

The Dance for Parkinson’s project launches