Blyth Community Hospital Artist in Residency, North East – deadline 6 May 2013

Queens Hall Arts, Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure and the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust would like to commission an artist or arts organisation to run a participatory programme of workshops with the aim of developing a final art work or arts resource for the Blyth Community Hospital.

This residency offers a period of time for an artist or group/organisation to research the environment of Blyth Community Hospital, to spend quality time in participatory work with patients, families and staff in order to create a lasting artwork or arts resource for the centre.

Blyth Community Hospital is located in Blyth town centre, south east Northumberland. The hospital has 78 beds and 3 wards, two of which are geriatric rehabilitation and the third which is geriatric rehabilitation and palliative care. Physiotherapy therapy clinics are held daily Monday to Friday. There is an outpatient clinic holding clinics including rheumatology, gynecology, Parkinson's disease, cardiology, orthopedics. There is also an x-ray department with an ultrasound facility and a district nurse-led clinic.

The project aims to
  improve the quality and wellbeing of the patients, families and staff lives within the centre
  improve older people’s access to the arts
  help alleviate the fears and concerns of patients and their families
  softening clinical environments
  enhancing patient care and aiding recovering
  where possible integrating the hospital into the local community
  celebrating the rich and diverse lives and stories of the patients, centre and the surrounding community

This project is funded with a total budget of £2,000.

For more information contact e: jburke@bval.co.uk