Galaxy House benefits from Arts and Health Mentoring Scheme
Galaxy House has been involved with a cultural mentoring
outreach programme from the Whitworth Art Gallery. It aims to
promote mental health and well being through creativity and
cultural engagement. It has enhanced the appearance of Galaxy House
by transforming a sterile and purely functional space into a
colourful, homely environment which is enjoyable to live and work
in and has encouraged the children to be creative in order to
fulfil their cultural entitlement.
This has culminated in 'Who Cares - If you only see the illness,
you miss the person' which was launched at the Whitworth Art
Gallery where the artist in residence, Lucy Burscough paid tribute
to the staff and children.
She said: "They were kind enough to welcome me onto the ward as
their artist in residence, initially to produce murals for their
living spaces and later to paint some of the portraits that feature
in this exhibition. They introduced me to a deeply caring,
thoughtful and positive environment that was a pleasure to work in
and to help to brighten up a little."
Trust Chairman Peter Mount also attended the launch and said:
"The work of the resident artist Lucy Burscough and the volunteers
from the University in running the art club sessions is really
helping these children in ways which ordinary healthcare cannot
The staff and children visited the gallery to engage with the
collection and participate in workshops which initiated ideas for
the 39 artworks that were built at Galaxy House. Two murals were
created in the children's living spaces created by Lucy Burscough
Textiles pieces were transformed into bunting and have been used to
decorate the reception area.