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Work of young artists from Cheadle Hulme to go on display at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

cheadle 1Artistic talent of students at Cheadle Hulme School will be seen on the walls of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital as part of a specially commissioned design project

The artwork, created by the School's Sixth Form volunteers, will be themed on the five senses and will be incorporated into an imaginative refurbishment of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. The refurbishment of the facility is being generously funded by Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

Fitting their artwork into unusual shapes as part of the design brief, the students' designs will become part of a jewel-like trail of elements for visitors to follow and discover, representing sight, smell, taste, sound and feel across five rooms including a playroom, treatment room and chill out area.

Rob Vale from Lime Arts visited the students to check on their progress and offer advice on the creative process in bringing their artwork to life. Rob looks after artistic projects across the NHS and is overseeing the redesign of the facility.cheadle 2

He said: "The idea behind the artwork is that it gives a real identify and connection between patients, staff and their environment in the hospital. The students could see that it was about every aspect of the rooms we're developing, rather than individual pictures on the walls.

"It's great to see how well the students are getting on, and using their imagination in different ways to bring individual elements to what is currently a blank canvas."

They discussed how to make their designs work for a multifunctional area, and talked about choosing shapes and colour schemes to suit the location. The students were also shown a digital blueprint of how the designs would look upon completion.

Art Teacher at Cheadle Hulme School, Ms Sarah Madden said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to explore the importance of art and design in a real life setting and to be commissioned to have their artwork displayed within the ward. They have really had to think about the individuals who will be seeing their work and how to match their ideas to fit in within the design brief."

It is expected that the artwork will be on display in the hospital by the autumn.


About Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity

  • The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 220,000 patients every year.  They come from all over the North West of England and from other parts of the country for some highly specialised treatments.
  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity.  Registered charity number 1049274.
  • The NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a purpose-built unit focused on supporting experimental medicine research helping to bring new drugs and medical devices into patient care.  The facility is based at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and receives funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The CRF offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for adult and children's studies, and has a team of specialist research nurses and support staff. A satellite unit the Children's CRF in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is at the cutting edge of research into inherited renal, metabolic, and hearing disorders.
  • For further information see: https://research.cmft.nhs.uk/clinical-research-facility
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government's strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk).