St Crispin’s School

St Crispin’s is a school that meets the additional support needs of pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum

We had previously worked with Art in Healthcare and Edinburgh World Heritage on a joint project and so I had no hesitation in agreeing to take part.  I knew we would see some exciting original art and that it would reach a greater number of our pupils than if we had arranged a gallery visit with very small numbers.  Also some of the pupils who saw the prints were some of our more difficult to reach pupils and it was especially valuable for them to have this opportunity to see professional art up close but in the familiar setting of the art room at school.

Art in Healthcare’s Outreach Manager, Amelia Calvert, had visited the school prior to the workshop and so she had a better understanding of the pupils and their needs.  This was very important. And Leo du Feu, the artist leading the workshop, was a big hit with the pupils, partly because we do not have many male members of staff and two of our boys responded particularly well to him and did a considerable amount of work.  Leo was patient and brought new ideas to the table and the pupils were looking forward to his return.

We were able to fund Leo's second visit so it became an enjoyable joint project.  The pupils at St. Crispin's need time to make progress and we were happy to continue in class with some related work involving the images of birds.  This resulted in a large wall display and a collection of colourful fabric covered birds which will now go on display in several locations.  Edinburgh City Council's publicity departments are keen to feature the birds and to come to school to take photos. 

I think they are more interested in the three elements of arts organization, artist and special school coming together than they would have been in any one of them on their own so for several reasons you have made an impact!

Heather Lucchesi (Tutor at St Crispin’s School)

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

I was asked by Art in Healthcare to run two art workshops at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, on 10th & 11th September 2012.

Working in a hospital was a new experience for me, one which I now hope to repeat. The atmosphere in Sick Kids is great, staff are friendly and relaxed, wards are bright and airy, the playrooms... well... they make you want to stay all day! And most importantly of course - the children: the kids I worked with ranged in age from 3 to 11. All were really enthusiastic and had a great time using paint and crayons and pastels and glue to make their own collaged pictures of birds. Every child who took part created a beautiful artwork which will hang on the hospital walls to brighten the days of all who visit and work there. 

Leo du Feu (Artist)

East Lothian special needs primary

Members of the Art in Health Care University society have joined us on two separate occasions as well as an initial introductory meeting, holding art workshops for our members.

The sessions were extremely well led and delivered and our young people got a lot out of the time and expertise your group were able to offer. Our youth work staff reported your volunteers were patient, considerate and attentive providing one to one support for our young people. Art is not a strength of our current team, so it has been fantastic to be able to incorporate this into our programme of activities to offer breath and new experiences for our members.

A few of our members who have severe and complex needs, have not engaged in Art workshops prior to your group’s input, so it’s been fantastic to unlock their potential.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Too often the walls of NHS outpatient departments are pocked with blue tak and littered with scrappy notices. Ours aren’t! Ours are enlivened with large, colourful, confident paintings from Art in Healthcare. Families attend appointments here in the Child and Adolescent Mental health department, often feeling anxious or low. The paintings contribute to a feeling that we care about them and their surroundings here. The paintings provide a classy focal point in clinic rooms and in the waiting room. I think, as a therapist, the paintings give inspiration to children and families to take a different view point. It may be that this idea of looking at things from a different angle will help them manage the extremely challenging events in their lives. We have collected feedback from children and their parents which are almost all extremely positive.

Susie Reade (Occupational Therapist)

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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

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