NNUH Hospital Art joint project with Japanese visitors

A group of Japanese students and academics are visiting the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) next week to create artworks and run a number of creative workshops for patients and the public.

The Hospital Arts Project at NNUH has been working with the Tsukuba University of the Arts during the last two years. Members of the Japanese University’s Hospital Arts team and their students are visiting NNUH from 10th – 15th September. During the visit they will create a ‘Supernatural Garden’ exhibition across the hospital, and provide a range of activities and workshops for patients, staff and members of the local community. The project will explore the differences in how the two cultures use art in hospitals to enhance the environment for patients, visitors and staff.

The NNUH is working with Dr Herb Fondevilla from Tsukuba University of the Arts, Professor Saito Sensai from the Tsukuba Hospital Arts Team, and Natsue Hayward from the Centre of Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Emma Jarvis, Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, said: “Our colleagues in Japan take a different approach to art in hospitals. Whereas we introduce artworks which relate to our environment, Japanese art tends to draw on sharing individual experiences with the use of narratives and stories. This visit is a wonderful opportunity to explore and implement a project which we hope will be imaginative, engaging and enjoyable for patients, staff and visitors.”

Activities taking place on 12th, 13th and 14th September include tape chalk murals, a candle making workshop, ghost story telling, goblin making and a goblin trail around the hospital site. For more information on the programme of events including those which are available to the public, email emma.jarvis@nnuh.nhs.uk  

Notes to editors:
The Hospital Arts Project at NNUH works on diverse projects with the community, interior design, site specific arts, performances, workshops, exhibitions, events, gardens and more. It is funded by grants from organisations and charitable donations. For more information visit old.nnuh.nhs.uk/arts  

Thursday 4th of September 2014 09:00:51 AM