The Nightingale Project is thrilled to have collaborated with fashion designer Sir Paul Smith in redesigning a mental health ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington – transforming a stark, clinical ward into a unique and welcoming space. The project included painting some of the walls in a characteristically colourful stripe, and hanging a selection of Sir Paul’s own photographs. We believe this is the first time a major fashion designer has redesigned a hospital ward.
Paul said “My visit to the ward was very humbling.I decided to use some of the colour and print that’s so central to my designs. I don’t want to underestimate the challenges faced by the patients, but hope it’s now a more comforting place to be – and also that it’s a more positive environment for the staff, whose work is so important”.
One patient commented: “It’s great! the ward is now more fun and more vibrant. The patients have been feeling really inspired by it”.
Sir Paul generously donated his time, his team’s expertise, and his photographs, and Dulux UK donated the paint. The Nightingale Project is very grateful to Harry Wells of Paul Smith Ltd for his work on the project.
Once in a while you come across incredible people doing very special things. The Nightingale Project is one such initiative.
Its latest commission is a mural by Camille Walala that will wrap around the walls of the reception area in the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health in London. The commission is untrodden territory for Camille. Instead of her signature bold colours, Camille has developed a more muted colour palette.
The project’s co-director Dr Nick Rhodes indulged us with some lengthy answers to our questions so we’ll leave him do the rest of the talking. Here’s the Nightingale Project, as well Camille’s mural, in Nick’s own words.
Read the Q+A here.
Nightingale Project director Dr Nick Rhodes spoke about our work with Quentin Blake at The Artworks in Halifax on 15th June in the context of an Arts for Health Day – part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week.
The event took place against the backdrop of the current exhibition at the Artworks – ‘The Bulging Portfolio of Quentin Blake’ – which includes a number of examples of the work Quentin has done for hospitals in England and France.
Further information on the exhibition at www.theartworks.org.uk
The Nightingale Project been working with illustrator Jane Ray to enhance the interior environment of several mental health wards in London. Jane created a series of images to be printed as floor to ceiling vinyl murals. Her main subject matter was trees and birds, symbolising growth and freedom, and the murals have brightened up wards at St Charles Hospital in North Kensington, the Gordon Hospital in Westminster, and Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow. Until October 2017 her work is on public display at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, and the exhibition comprises original paintings, limited edition prints (see Sales page) and printed vinyls showing how the illustrations have been used in the wards. This video shows Jane at the time of the opening of the exhibition.
We are delighted to hear that Cut’nCopy, the graphics company who we work with to create and install our vinyl art murals, have won an international award for their work with the Nightingale Project.
The award, presented at a celebration in Hamburg in May 2017, was won in the Interior Design category of the MacTac Creative Awards.
Cut’nCopy have worked with the Nightingale Project on a number of hospital sites. Their work involves painstaking recreations of paintings that we have commissioned for hospitals, in the form of wall coverings which capture the essence of the original artwork in the printed vinyl.