Fresh Art @ Hillview
FREE Exhibition of new artwork created for the Hillview acute inpatient unit in Bath at The Schoolhouse, Building of Bath Collection, The Paragon,Bath
31 May - 8 June, 12noon - 4pm daily.
No.1 Royal Crescent, the Holburne Museum and the American Museum in Britain have hosted a series of creative workshops resulting in a remarkable collection of artwork to be displayed in Hillview Lodge, B&NES's acute inpatient unit in Bath.
The artists are people with experience of mental health challenges plus their friends and family. The artwork includes collage and painting and presents such challenges in a positive light, breaking down the stigma often associated with this subject.
The original idea behind the Fresh Art @ Hillview project came from service users at Hillview Lodge who wanted to give something back to the ward. Providing fresh artwork will promote conversation and inspiration within Hillview and give confidence, new skills and a sense of pride to those whose work is on display.
The project itself has been run as a partnership between local organisations: Avon and Wiltshire NHS Trust (AWP), Bath Preservation Trust, the Holburne Museum, the American Museum in Britain, Creativity Works, Sirona and St. Mungo's.
Hannah Carding, one of the lead artists, said: "It has been very rewarding to see how participants have enjoyed developing their artistic skills so much. They have really flourished in this project."
Polly Andrews, Co-ordinator of the Bath Museums Community Engagement project commented: "We have been delighted to work in partnership to provide an opportunity for the participants to feel inspired by our unique collections and beautiful settings."
Participants on the project came from the acute inpatient community at Hillview as well as many peer-led creative groups such as Tiny Monuments and The Inspirational Arts & Crafts group, which have grown from wellbeing projects across B&NES.
The artworks will be on display in the Schoolhouse at the Building of Bath Collection on the Paragon, BA1 5NA between 31 May and 8 June, between 12 and 4pm daily. Free admission.