Hornsey health centre
“The work has a made a big difference to the place, which is otherwise a very workaday medical practice with stressed people sitting around waiting for their appointments.”
Kim Valdez, artist, CEOS chairman and patient
In 2010, Paintings in Hospitals worked with artists from Crouch End Open Studios to exhibit artworks by the collective at the Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre.
The Centre, a newly designed three-storey building, occupies the site of the old Hornsey Central Cottage Hospital. It aimed to provide nearly 20 different health services under one roof, as well as a venue for other well-being events run by the community. The centre was conceived in line with the King’s Fund recent research and reports on the positive health outcomes that well-designed healthcare settings can have.
In line with this ethos Haringey Councillor David Winskill suggested that artists from Crouch End Open Studios be invited to exhibit their work in order to bring the centre's bare walls alive. Artists from the collective contacted Paintings in Hospitals to realise the project and create a stimulating and uplifting patient’s environment.
Between March and June 2010, Paintings in Hospitals worked with the artists from the collective, most of which were also patients of the Centre, to curate the exhibition. Works by artists Helen Lindon, Sue Williams A’Court, Lara Harwood, Richard Peacock, Sanne Tang, Maureen Harrison, Ahmed Farooqui, Lucy Pashley and Kim Valdez were selected and donated to the Paintings in Hospitals collection. Once framed with the generous support of John Jones framers, the works were carefully exhibited throughout Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre.
The exhibition, on long term loan from the Paintings in Hospitals collection has helped bring the new building to life and strengthen links between the community and Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre. Feedback collected during semi-conducted interviews with artists and patients highlight that the works have:
- softened the atmosphere
- helped patients feel valued
- helped reduce stress levels in waiting areas.
“Through working with Paintings in Hospitals the community had the opportunity to put their stamp on the bare walls of the centre and give it a more homely and welcoming atmosphere. The artworks certainly reduce stress levels for patients visiting the centre for medical appointments. It really was a pleasure to work with Paintings in Hospitals who made it so easy to achieve what we wanted.”
David Winskill, Haringey Councillor and patient.
“The artworks enhance the environment of the health centre, making it a much less sterile, alien and daunting place to be. It is instead filled with glimpses of colour and images of quality and interest to reflect on which, I believe, can ease the potentially difficult feelings associated with visiting a health centre, and also make the patients feel more valued.”
Lucy Pashley, artist from Crouch End Open Studios and patient