School pupils visit Southmead Hospital's Brunel building to see their artwork

Monday, 21 July 2014

Pupils from Horfield CEVC Primary School visited the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital to see their art work on the walls.

The group of Year 5 pupils worked with artist Rachel Davis on the project about the geography of the local area before drawing pictures inspired by their routes to the school, which is behind Southmead Hospital Bristol. Their drawings of road signs, trees, houses, a post box and a cat were then transferred on to the final work using enamel on copper.

Their finished artwork now hangs in the public atrium on the ground floor of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Brunel building where it is on public display.

The pupils who were involved in the project walked over to the hospital from their school to see it for the first time today and were thrilled to pick out their own drawings from the collage hanging in the busy atrium area.

One of the girls involved in the project said she was happy to know that the work was on display in an area where everyone will see it as they walk past.

Artist Rachel Davis said: “It has been exciting coming in to the hospital and seeing their faces when they first saw their work on the walls.

“It feels part of the hospital now and is great to see people around sitting and looking at it.”

North Bristol NHS Trust’s arts programme manager, Ruth Sidgwick, said: “One of the messages from patients and staff was that they wanted to see work by local schools in the hospital, and you couldn’t get much closer than Horfield CEVC Primary.

“It is lovely that they were able to come across and see their work and start taking pride in it. I am really thrilled and hope it is the start of lots more.“

Work from pupils at Henbury School has also gone on display inside Southmead Hospital’s Brunel building. A range of works from art students is currently being exhibited on the walls of the hospital’s third atrium.

It is also anticipated that the trust will work with more local schools to display their artwork inside the hospital.