Mural transforms dark and dingy stairwell at Warwick Hospital - The Leamington Observer

Mural transforms dark and dingy stairwell at Warwick Hospital

Leamington Editorial 20th Aug, 2022   0

ARTISTS have completely transformed a stairwell at Warwick Hospital.

Local arts organisation, Escape Arts teamed up with Leamington-based BRINK Contemporary Arts to makeover the stairwell leading to the hospital’s respiratory Mary Ward.

The mural painting project was the vision of Respiratory Ward Manager, Sara Houghton who wanted to brighten up Mary Ward’s approach for staff, visitors and for patients who undertake their physical assessments on the stairwell.

Escape Arts led a brain storming session with the staff who decided they wanted to bring the outdoors in to what was a dark and enclosed space.

Escape Arts spokesperson Karen Williams said: ‘This work is close to my heart. We all have a connection with our local hospitals. Through transformative projects such as these, we can make a difference by creating spaces that help make people feel better, to give a focus, to uplift and to bring comfort during difficult times.

“A big thank you goes to hospital staff, the estates and fire teams and of course to BRINK Contemporary Arts for helping us realise Sara’s vision.”

Rachel Williams, Associate Director of Operations at South Warwickshire NHS Trust, added: ‘I think the mural on the staircase between Mary and Victoria really brings the outside world into the hospital. It makes it light, airy and it will be such a nice thing for our patients to see as they’re climbing the stairs. It will be a real enlightenment for staff as well and it looks so beautiful.”

And this is not the first time Escape Arts has demonstrated its artistic talent at the hospital.

The group has also helped revamp the main hospital corridor and Ambulatory Ward as part of an Arts Council-funded project.

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