Artroom is a patient led project of creative session for patients and their carers during long term stays in hospital.
Trained professional artists establish a ‘studio’ type environment, encouraging participants to experiment with a range of materials and techniques – from simple mark-making to drawing and painting, from printmaking to digital photography. Writers work with a range of creative writing techniques to inspire each participant on their creative journey. It is the aim of the project to engage with the person regardless of their condition making the project extremely person centred. Participants are free to explore and experiment, there is no pressure to create a finished work. Each person decides whether to sketch, write, paint, sculpt, print or make models. Their artistic path is entirely up to them. Artroom improves quality of life and social skills, often with amazing outcomes.
A book has been written about Artroom which can be purchased for £10 from the GHAT shop [link]
Roxburghe House is the venue of the palliative care services of NHS Grampian. The Artroom project has been running in this venue for nine years and is fully embedded in to the services of the unit.The project has three members of staff two visual artists and one writer working across the week.
Specialist Rehabilitation Woodend Hospital
Artroom has been delivered in the Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, Musculo-skeletal (Orthopaedic) Rehabilitation Unit (ORU) and Geriatric Rehabilitation for six years.
Old Age Psychiatry
Artroom has been developed with success within the Old Age Psychiatry department of Royal Cornhill Hospital.
Artroom@RACH has now been running for six years. The artists work closely with the play specialists in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s’ Hospital.
The Oaks – Elgin
An artist will soon be employed to work in The Oaks palliative care outpatient unit is Elgin.