In June 2013 the Nightingale Project has installed a series of unique prints, specially commissioned from illustrator Chris Corr, at Frays Ward, the men’s mental health ward at the Riverside Centre, Hillingdon Hospital. Taking his inspiration from the name of the Centre, Chris created a set of paintings on the theme of Rivers, which have been produced as one-off prints and hung in the corridors and sitting rooms of the ward. The intention was that the watery theme should be calm and relaxing, and the inpatients’ comments suggested that Chris had succeeded: “These are soothing”, said one. Another commented, “They make me feel I want to dive in!” One service user gave the view “This corridor was scary before. Now it’s not scary.” This last comment very much reflects the Nightingale Projects primary aim, to make hospital sites feel more human and less institutional.
Corr Don’t Spill the MilkChristopher Corr is a well-known painter and illustrator who has worked for the Nightingale Project in several hospitals. His recent publications include two children’s books, The Goggle Eyed Goats and Don’t Spill The Milk, both written by Stephen Davies and published by Andersen Press. The latter (right) has just been published, in May 2013.
See more of Chris’s work at www.christophercorr.com.