Artroom is a patient-centred project facilitated by professional artists and writers. The ethos of Artroom is that every patient has the potential to be an artist and/or writer in their own right. The project practitioners draw on many years worth of developed skill and experience to ensure the art and writing sessions are accessible to all participants, contributing to the improvement of quality of life for patients in day unit and in-patient ward care.
Creativity is encouraged using a range of professional materials including an extensive collection of art books. Patients have the opportunity to explore and experiment with techniques and practices such as mark making, drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.
The writer at Roxburghe House facilitates a range of creative writing practices that include life writing – from cookbooks to memoirs – and fiction writing – both prose and poetry. Patients also have the opportunity to create beautiful hardcover books in any genre they choose.
Artroom supports individual creativity and art and writing sessions take place in either a shared studio environment or one-to-one.
A book featuring writing and Artwork produced in Artroom can be purchased for £10 from the GHAT shop [link]
Roxburghe House is a specialist palliative care unit in Aberdeen. The Artroom project began at Roxburghe nine years ago and runs three days a week in both the day unit and in-patient ward. The project employs two visual artists and one writer who are an integral part of the day unit’s Multi-Disciplinary Team.
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.