Cheltenham General Hospital: Lightbox & Photography

Arts in hospitals. 'Utopia’, lightbox by Heinrich and Palmer for St Lukes Critical Care, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Photo by Heinrich and Palmer.Through Arts in Trust, we developed an art scheme for St. Luke’s, a new unit providing critical care facilities at Cheltenham General Hospital. St. Luke’s caters for patients who require rehabilitation and critical care, providing a new intensive care and high dependency unit, as well as additional wards for stroke patients.

Artists Heinrich and Palmer and Kirsty Brook were commissioned to produce permanent artworks which would be reassuring and calming for patients and connecting the new building with the old Delancey Hospital.

Heinrich and Palmer created a corner light box for a waiting area without any natural light. It follows the wall round the corner and depicts a window onto a natural landscape, creating an illusion of a beautiful view and giving patients a way to connect with nature. On the window sill are objects reflecting individual relatives and staff stories and comments from the hospital. This piece was created with consultation with staff in the new building and took some inspiration from a stained glass window in the old hospital.

Kirsty Brook’s composite photographs reflecting on the history and local landmarks of the Cheltenham area are both stimulating conversation pieces and tools that can be used to motivate patients’ physical activity.