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Bluebird House wins funding for exciting arts project

1 January 2019

Mark Titchner’s artwork in Snowsfields Adolescent Unit, Maudsley Hospital.jpg
Mark Titchner's artwork in a similar scheme

Southern Health has been chosen to be one of just five trusts across the UK to benefit from an exciting arts project this year, organised by national charity ‘Hospital Rooms’.

Following a competitive application process, our Calmore-based adolescent unit, Bluebird House was selected for a £45,000 project to transform its clinical environment with extraordinary artworks by world-class artists, in collaboration with the unit’s staff and young patients.

Bluebird House is a 20-bed secure adolescent mental health hospital for 12 to 18-year-olds who have a mental health illness and are a risk to themselves and others. All of the young people are detained under a section of the Mental Health Act for the treatment of their illness and have often had multiple placements and a lot of instability in their lives. Bluebird House provides a safe place for them to recover.

Karen Dixon, Clinical Service Manager (CAMHS), explains why the project, set to be completed in July, means so much to the Bluebird House team: “Our current environment looks very clinical. Our hope is that, through the work of Hospital Rooms, we can create an environment with our young people that will give them a sense of pride and responsibility for the space they’re living in. We also hope that, by creating an environment which has the ‘wow factor’, it will make Bluebird a memorable place to visit for parents, carers and professionals - and attract more people to want to work at Bluebird House.”

Hospital Rooms commissions world-class artists to radically transform secure mental health units with museum quality and compliant art. They make challenging clinical environments imaginative, thoughtful and rejuvenative. Their work is supported by grants from Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Isabella Blow Foundation, Hospital Rooms friends and donors and ‘in kind’ art materials from Liquitex and time from artists.

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