Due to the current COVID-19 situation, some of our engagement programmes have been temporarily suspended.
However, we have been determined to find new and exciting ways to continue to engage patients, staff and our wider community with the Arts during this challenging time. With the help of many of our wonderful facilitators and partners, we have been able to create digital content and remote projects, including online live and interactive music, art and creative writing workshops, postal projects, pre-recorded workshops and art & wellbeing e-magazines.
This remote programme continues to grow, and now makes up our new engagement strand: 'Creative Links'.
For any questions or more information on our programme, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper Birch have continued to bring amazing interactive content to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust patients online. Their current projects include:
-arts and craft workshops via video-call on the Neuro- Rehabilitation ward, (Monday afternoons)
- bi-weekly evening art workshops run by artist Rhian Sutcliffe for Imperial Trust staff (bi-weekly Tuesday evenings)
- and a whole host of recorded workshops with accompanying worksheets for staff and patients to enjoy instantly!
Art and Wellbeing Group
Our Art and Wellbeing group is one of our most successful and long running projects for both staff and out-patients at the trust.
Lead facilitator and artist Marenka Gabler has made fantastic efforts to keep the group going both with monthly digital mailings full of art activities for the group, as well as live video-call workshops for people to get crafty and inspired by our art collection, from the comfort of their own homes.
She has also teamed up as part of Paper Birch and has contributed to our library of recorded workshops.
Akademi have been working with us for a number of years, bringing South-Asian dance techniques to our Medicine for the Elderly patients.
Their work has aided patients’ physical rehabilitation, and Akademi have been working hard to bring their classes to the screen.
You can watch all of their video tutorials through our Art Resource Libary; which we would encourage all staff, patients and wider community to watch and have a go!
Wallace Collection X Paul Rubenstein
Up until March 2020, professional storyteller Paul Rubenstein worked in partnership with the Wallace Collection to bring their collection to patients in our Paediatric wards.
Using storytelling, museum objects were brought to life for young patients. Now, Paul has brought his magical stories for children to life, but this time via video!
You can find these enchanting stories in our library to share with young people on your ward, or even with your own children at home.
We are excited to have recently started working with Captain Fantastic!
They are now delivering some rather silly, fun and magical workshops to our Paediatrics unit!
They bring interactive magic shows to children and young people being treated at the trust, live through zoom every week.
Massage and Melodies
Massage and Melodies is an initiative conceived by Emily Hills Neonatal Occupational Therapist and facilitated in partnership with Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC). In response to our Lullaby Hour project in Neonatal Intensive Care being on hold due to Covid-19, the project aims to use the positive sensory experiences of touch and music to relax both parents and baby, promoting connection, communication, sleep and digestion. The project invites small groups of recently discharged families from Neonatal Intensive Care to meet on Zoom over four weeks. The weekly sessions are facilitated by Emily, who teaches baby massage whilst singer songwriter Emma Stevens sings lullabies.
Creative writing is a fantastic tool for promoting mindfulness as well as creativity.
Our Arts Engagements Manager Megan Bastable has started running creative writing workshops for Oncology patients at the Trust, using her experience as a playwright and facilitator.
You can see a video workshop by Megan below if you would like to have a go at a bit of poetry writing yourself!