Work of young artists from Cheadle Hulme to go on display at the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
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
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
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.
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
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
It is expected that the artwork will be on display in the
hospital by the autumn.
About Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
- 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
- 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
- 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).