Dazzle Dining Rooms

Lemn Sissay led a series of poetry workshops with young patients to create new poems. These poems were then brought to life through a series of visual workshops with young patients led by Morag. Morag then transformed the children’s poems, designs and patterns into vibrant wallpapers and stencilled stools for the five children’s hospital dining rooms.

"Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in objects presented to patients are an actual means of recovery."
Florence Nightingale, 1859

"The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to our health and wellbeing."  
Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. 

Three key findings in the 2017 report, 'Creative Health: The Arts Health and Wellbeing' include:

1/The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer and better lives

2/The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care

3/The arts can help save money in the health service and social care 

Vital Arts 
Barts NHS Trust

Artist and poet
Morag Myerscough and Lemn Sissay

Royal London Children's Hospital

Luke Hayes

Permanent Installation
Completion 2012

Vital Arts is the arts organisation for
Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest
Trust in the UK. We are charitably funded
to deliver art projects that enhance the
hospital environment and, in turn,
improve the patient experience.
With five hospitals in east London—
The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s (Barts),
Mile End, Whipps Cross and Newham
University Hospital–and over 2.5 million
patients, we see these important civic areas
as ideal places to introduce new audiences
to contemporary art.

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