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15 Artists Collaborate To Make London Children’s Hospital Cozier For Kids
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15 Artists Collaborate To Make London Children’s Hospital Cozier For Kids

The sights, sounds, and smells of a hospital can make it a terrifying place, especially for children, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Vital Arts, a British arts organization in charge of introducing art to Britain’s hospitals, had 15 artists collaborate to turn the interior of London Royal Children’s Hospital into as fun and colorful a place as a hospital can be.

Despite being limited by the fact that hospital environments need to be easy to clean, the artists were still able to use vinyl, ceramics, wood and even rugs to liven up these hospitals, each approaching the wards they decorated with their own unique and pretty designs.

The wall murals are so fun and wonderful, I kind of wish that it wasn’t just a children’s hospital!

More info: vitalarts.com (h/t: demilked, lostateminor)

Trauma and gastroenterology (Wing 7D) by Morag Myerscough

“The piece has a huge amount of references that had been embedded in my memory for many years and came out all together at one time. So there are elements of circus, organic, art deco, Asian culture, Victorian architecture and the list goes on so a real mash-up that came out of my head onto paper and then onto the walls”

“The whole aim of the colorful art piece was to make a ward that would help to bring some joy to the young patients and parents with color and some fun that would be warm and welcoming”

Haematology (Ward 7F) by Donna Wilson

“One of the most important things for me was to make the hospital not feel like a hospital. I wanted the patients, parents, and nurses all to feel relaxed, happy and stimulated by the environment that surrounds them and by using graphic design you can lift the mood and well-being of the people there”

“I’ve enjoyed seeing and hearing the reactions of not just the children but the parents too who are so pleased that the ward feels happier, colorful and less sterile and intimidating. This makes it so worthwhile and hugely rewarding for me when creating art for kids”

Paediatric Assessment and Short Stay Unit (Ward 7C (B)) by Chris Haughton

“Rather than numbering each room Haughton decided to give each room a different animal character; a lion room, a parrot room, and a fish room, etc”

“In the corridors, vinyl is used to create a gathering of life-sized animals including a dinosaur peering down from the ceiling, all looked after by a monkey dressed as a doctor”

Respiratory (Ward 7E) by Miller Goodman, 2014

“Wood is a traditional warm medium that soulfully ages softening with play. It is traditional and always evokes childhood memories of play. We hope that the mix of bright vinyl colors and wooden characters encourages and entertains the child as well as wishes them a speedy recovery”

Elevator Lobbies by Katharine Morling

“Featuring performing rhinos, butterflies and train tracks made from rulers, Collective Memories of the London presents a dream-like version of the everyday world”

“Ceramicist Katharine Morling spent six-weeks on children’s wards working with patients to create sketchbooks recalling favourite memories and treasured toys. Morling then used these sketchbooks to develop porcelain sculptures for her commission for the new children’s hospital”

Throughout All Wards by Doran

“A seminal moment for me was when a three-year-old girl stopped crying the moment she saw the curtains, pointing excitedly to the hidden cats and rabbits. That’s when I knew my mural art had worked”

Paediatric Critical Care (Ward 6c) by Tord Boontje

“Alluding to renewal and growth, the work contains animals and elements in energizing colors for children to find and discover. The beautiful artworks are very finely detailed and invite you to discover new elements day after day”

Activity Space (7th Floor) by  Cottrell and Vermeulen and Morag Myerscough

“We wanted to create a place that was an escape for the young patients, an engaging place that was fun, playful, and colorful, but at the same time gave the opportunity for the whole family to relax together”

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SilviaEkker
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

all hospitals need more color!!! color up your life makes you happy!

EllenGranovetter
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So do doctors' offices, and nursing homes -- and a connection to the outdoors with views of natures, patios, and animals, such as dogs, goat

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JoanneFabien
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I LOVE it!!! ALL hospitals should have such cheerfulness...grey walls are so depressing...

GabrielleKahn-Chiossone
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love this! Would be great on other floors to cheer up adults and teen patients as well!

PernilleDyre
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my god. It's beautiful. My only concern is that some brain-damaged children can't cope with pattern and so many colours....

RuthMiners
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not just brain damaged children, most with autism/adhd/spd well struggle with some of these. I hope there are also calm spaces for them too

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DebbieThompson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, I'm sure the children and parents feel alot more at ease.

SembeiNorimaki
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The trauma section, may be dangerous for kids with epilepsia episodes :O

TamsinLilley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely brilliant. Love it!!

LiesSchot
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

marvelous! getting children better real soon, for sure

TrudyRobertson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love love it! Thanks to all who participated.

RuthMiners
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely love them, *but* some if the busier ones will cause high sensory stress for children with autism/adhd. Something to consider

graces_guitars
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's beautiful that people came together for the sake of these children.

JaneGaze
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have dreadful memories from being in a children's ward 50 years ago. This work is amazing.

MargeS-f
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love they come to the hospital I work in to color it up!

Hannah Pips
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Wow! I love what has been done with this hospital & the time and dedication that has been put into each design. I’d like to ask a question though: what happens to these children expectations, who are built around this amazing environment when they become adults & move to adult wards? When as young as 16 they can move over to adult services, where the environment is bland, un-motivating & we are faced with “sights, sounds & smells that make hospital a terrifying place.” … Where is the opportunity to learn? How can we feel inspired or safe in that place? How can we get better when our minds are not engaged? How about we create engaging environments for teens & adult patients too. That way, every child’s hospital care will continue to be as bright & happy. My name is Hannah Phillips, I’m 21 years old and living with an incurable illness means I’ve been a patient & will be a patient the rest of my life. Having moved to adult wards, with no support or guidance. I moved from a really ins

DebRobison
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I LOVE IT! So creatively wonderful!

TrudyRobertson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love love it! Thanks to all who participated!!

VioletViolet
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so cool! It's super beautifully!!!

TahLayyah
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It not only helps the children, but also the parents, doctors and nurses. All hospitals not just children hospitals should be more colorful

ShoshanahCohen
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very overwhelming for children with e.g. autism though! If it was all nature scenes/colours, like a couple of the photos it would be fine.

GunjanDua
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so thoughtful. Hospitals must consider this.

ColeenPunter
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i think this is fantastic. it is imaginative , joyful , peaceful and courageous- what a great visual support for both children and adults

LouiseSpina
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beaucoup de couleurs apportent un peu de joie dans ce batiment si simple et si stressant. Vraiment bien, vraiment beau

DeniseHardy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I totally agree with all the other remarks on here that people have taken their time to reply :) all great remarks

PenelopeEidem
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like all the color and naming of rooms. Make for joy and not blah

LucySimmonds
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful and I'm sure an enhancement for all staff and visitors. Excellent crowd funding opportunities for other hospitals?

BridgetFriel
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So lovely! The warmth of the art takes the fear out of where you are!

BarbiLucas
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How talented can you get? I wish all hospitals looked like this, not just children's.

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is heart breaking when little children have to be hospitalized. All involved in this project need a big hand of applause!

AntonietaLeon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

EXCELENTES COLORIDOS EN LOS CONSULTORIOS PARA NIÑOS.

redknitter
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to live there!

rozie
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is spectacular. Would help to brighten children's day and make it not quite as scarier a place. We need this world wide

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope that children`s (and adult) wards everywhere will be artistically painted with BUSY art and bright and encouraging colours everywhere

AquilusDomini
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should totally do this throughout all hospital wards in all hospitals

SandyBing
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should happen in all childrens hospitals all over the world, poor or rich

Fernandito
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's lovely, thank you very much part of children

DanielTregant
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All hospitals need to be like this. Adults need fun too.

GiladStark
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's terrible. It tries so hard to be quaint. Old rotting hospital walls have more vigour and personality than this awful stencil art!

KarthiT
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow ... wonderful and colorful design . That itself will half cure the child .

DanielTregant
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All hospitals need to be like this. Adults need fun too!

JanisPederson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Prettified! Do this everywhere for tikes...everyone!

JohnKing
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why would you make a hospital appealing?

SilviaEkker
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

all hospitals need more color!!! color up your life makes you happy!

EllenGranovetter
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So do doctors' offices, and nursing homes -- and a connection to the outdoors with views of natures, patios, and animals, such as dogs, goat

Load More Replies...
JoanneFabien
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I LOVE it!!! ALL hospitals should have such cheerfulness...grey walls are so depressing...

GabrielleKahn-Chiossone
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love this! Would be great on other floors to cheer up adults and teen patients as well!

PernilleDyre
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my god. It's beautiful. My only concern is that some brain-damaged children can't cope with pattern and so many colours....

RuthMiners
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not just brain damaged children, most with autism/adhd/spd well struggle with some of these. I hope there are also calm spaces for them too

Load More Replies...
DebbieThompson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, I'm sure the children and parents feel alot more at ease.

SembeiNorimaki
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The trauma section, may be dangerous for kids with epilepsia episodes :O

TamsinLilley
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely brilliant. Love it!!

LiesSchot
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

marvelous! getting children better real soon, for sure

TrudyRobertson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love love it! Thanks to all who participated.

RuthMiners
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely love them, *but* some if the busier ones will cause high sensory stress for children with autism/adhd. Something to consider

graces_guitars
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's beautiful that people came together for the sake of these children.

JaneGaze
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have dreadful memories from being in a children's ward 50 years ago. This work is amazing.

MargeS-f
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love they come to the hospital I work in to color it up!

Hannah Pips
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Wow! I love what has been done with this hospital & the time and dedication that has been put into each design. I’d like to ask a question though: what happens to these children expectations, who are built around this amazing environment when they become adults & move to adult wards? When as young as 16 they can move over to adult services, where the environment is bland, un-motivating & we are faced with “sights, sounds & smells that make hospital a terrifying place.” … Where is the opportunity to learn? How can we feel inspired or safe in that place? How can we get better when our minds are not engaged? How about we create engaging environments for teens & adult patients too. That way, every child’s hospital care will continue to be as bright & happy. My name is Hannah Phillips, I’m 21 years old and living with an incurable illness means I’ve been a patient & will be a patient the rest of my life. Having moved to adult wards, with no support or guidance. I moved from a really ins

DebRobison
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I LOVE IT! So creatively wonderful!

TrudyRobertson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love love love it! Thanks to all who participated!!

VioletViolet
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so cool! It's super beautifully!!!

TahLayyah
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It not only helps the children, but also the parents, doctors and nurses. All hospitals not just children hospitals should be more colorful

ShoshanahCohen
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very overwhelming for children with e.g. autism though! If it was all nature scenes/colours, like a couple of the photos it would be fine.

GunjanDua
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so thoughtful. Hospitals must consider this.

ColeenPunter
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i think this is fantastic. it is imaginative , joyful , peaceful and courageous- what a great visual support for both children and adults

LouiseSpina
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beaucoup de couleurs apportent un peu de joie dans ce batiment si simple et si stressant. Vraiment bien, vraiment beau

DeniseHardy
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I totally agree with all the other remarks on here that people have taken their time to reply :) all great remarks

PenelopeEidem
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like all the color and naming of rooms. Make for joy and not blah

LucySimmonds
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful and I'm sure an enhancement for all staff and visitors. Excellent crowd funding opportunities for other hospitals?

BridgetFriel
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So lovely! The warmth of the art takes the fear out of where you are!

BarbiLucas
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How talented can you get? I wish all hospitals looked like this, not just children's.

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is heart breaking when little children have to be hospitalized. All involved in this project need a big hand of applause!

AntonietaLeon
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

EXCELENTES COLORIDOS EN LOS CONSULTORIOS PARA NIÑOS.

redknitter
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like to live there!

rozie
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is spectacular. Would help to brighten children's day and make it not quite as scarier a place. We need this world wide

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope that children`s (and adult) wards everywhere will be artistically painted with BUSY art and bright and encouraging colours everywhere

AquilusDomini
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should totally do this throughout all hospital wards in all hospitals

SandyBing
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should happen in all childrens hospitals all over the world, poor or rich

Fernandito
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's lovely, thank you very much part of children

DanielTregant
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All hospitals need to be like this. Adults need fun too.

GiladStark
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's terrible. It tries so hard to be quaint. Old rotting hospital walls have more vigour and personality than this awful stencil art!

KarthiT
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow ... wonderful and colorful design . That itself will half cure the child .

DanielTregant
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All hospitals need to be like this. Adults need fun too!

JanisPederson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Prettified! Do this everywhere for tikes...everyone!

JohnKing
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why would you make a hospital appealing?

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