‘We want patients to be captivated’ – Stevenage students unveil Lister Hospital artwork

John Henry Newman students unveil their artwork at Lister Hospital's emergency department artwork

John Henry Newman students unveil their artwork at Lister Hospital's emergency department artwork - Credit: Archant

More than 18 months of hard work has paid off for students whose artwork was unveiled at Lister Hospital yesterday.

Eloise Cartledge pictured next to some of the hospital artwork

Eloise Cartledge pictured next to some of the hospital artwork - Credit: Archant

The big reveal took place in the Stevenage hospital’s new emergency department, with children due to be treated there for the first time tomorrow.

A whole term of curriculum time for a range of year groups at the John Henry Newman School in Hitchin Road has been devoted to the project, which has been run in conjunction with the East and North Herts NHS Trust.

All the artwork has a community theme, with Stevenage’s landscape, numbers and status as a new town all brought into focus.

Teacher Ruth Fuller said: “We wanted the work to be captivating so that patients who were waiting to be seen by the hospital’s doctors and nurses might be intrigued by the work; that they might ask questions about it and, on reflection, realise what our young artists had been working on.

Sophie Horlack and Emily Barr were just two of many students from Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 to play th

Sophie Horlack and Emily Barr were just two of many students from Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 to play their part - Credit: Archant


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“We are so pleased to have been invited to develop ideas for this wonderful hospital, which does so much for so many. We are delighted that the staff appreciate the value that visual language has on the space in which we all live and work. We hope everyone who uses the hospital feels uplifted by the work.”

David Brewer, head of engagement for the NHS Trust, said: “Over the last few years, we’ve worked hard to build relationships with a wide range of community groups and organisations, especially schools. This project with John Henry Newman School has been particularly exciting as not only has it allowed these young people to understand more about the Lister Hospital and the work of its staff, we now have their artwork on display for everyone to see.

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“This project has been a great example of our award-winning approach to youth engagement that has seen young people contribute their ideas and perspectives to hospital projects.”

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