On our return to the wards after Covid, Artroom needed to be restructured to fit in around the restrictions on numbers. Our artists talked through ideas with the play leaders and it was decided that 1-1 work was most suited to the new situation. This model worked so well, that an extra day was needed for the artists to maximise the impact they have with participants on the wards. As of May, Artroom delivers two full days at RACH, covering several wards and working with the play leaders and staff to tailor the sessions to the needs of the participants.  

Anna Weir and Laura Mullen are brilliant at coming up with creative solutions to allow everyone to participate in Artroom. Their ‘Wheelchair painting’ sessions were a great success last quarter, so they decided to try an ‘Outdoor Painting’ session. With the support of the fantastic play staff who help us make things happen and volunteers from The Archie Foundation, our Artroom artists gave young people a go at messy play by skooshing and smooshing paint as well as working with a bigger canvas than they would have on the wards. 

Anna told us

‘We are thoroughly enjoying having a second day of Artroom at RACH. This time is enabling us to work on bigger projects with patients who are in hospital for a prolonged period of time. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been able to work outdoors creating large scale paintings in the pavilion beside the play park. Participants have had free reign with the bottles of paint and the squeals of delight have been heard from as far as the building site next door.  Initially the pavilion was chosen to keep the hot sun off the young people, but this week it has been to stop the torrential rain ruining our art! We’ve all had great fun and plan on having more outdoor sessions throughout the summer.’