14 December 2017

Bath artist provides festive colour

Bath-based artist Steve Hedley used his skills and talents to come up with something a little different; he created four drawings which could be coloured in by any of our service users or inpatients who feel in need of some Christmas creativity.

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We all know that colouring in has a therapeutic effect, so Steve's images of a golfing Santa, a skiing reindeer, jolly snowman and an ice-skating teddy will be the perfect way to spend a few minutes.

Steve told us: "I have been involved in several creative projects in AWP (Banes) over the past couple of years, recently been working on a mural in one of AWP's community bases (The Swallows at Paulton).

"When I was there, I spoke with Lee Rawlings (involvement coordinator) about whether or not they had any artwork for people to use for colouring over the Christmas period, and so I offered to do something for them - initially thinking that it would be for the older adults/dementia ward.  However, after speaking with Becca Pike, the modern matron, she said that she thought both wards would benefit from it.  Lee asked if it would be ok to offer it to all of the wards across the Trust, and I agreed as I would love as many people as possible to enjoy them."

The images are now available on the Trust intranet to be downloaded and printed off by staff as and when needed.

"My reason for creating the artwork is that for me, being creative takes me out of the 'here and now' and into a place that I want to be," says Steve.  

"I would hope many other people could use the artwork to help them relax and enjoy being creative in their own way. I think this type of thing should be regularly available to patients so that they can get creative whenever they feel the need. 

"If it was possible, I would like to see some of the artwork coloured in by patients, as the thought of making people feel good makes me feel good."

We'd like to extend that invitation, so if anyone sends us a picture of their completed work, we'll do our own gallery on our website.

A big thanks and best wishes to Steve from all at AWP!



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