28 February 2014

Striking images by renowned artists Sir Quentin Blake and Cressida Bell were unveiled at a mental health unit at the hospital on 19 February.

The unit, based in the Wolsey Wing, provides mental health services for local people in west London.

Quentin’s drawings depict the therapeutic activities undertaken in the unit and on the St Bernard’s site: from yoga and baking, to t-shirt printing and singing.  Images were digitally enlarged and printed onto a washable 'wallpaper' which meets hospital infection control criteria.

St Bernard's is the most recent hospital to feature Quentin's work, one of several in the UK and France which have done so in recent years.  Many of these projects have been in collaboration with the Nightingale Project, the London-based charity that works to bring art and music into wards to improve the patient environment.

Cressida Bell, daughter of artist Quentin Bell, and great-niece of writer Virginia Woolf, also created artwork for the unit.  She focused on creating eye-catching panoramic views of rural scenes as well as a bouquet of flowers.

Both murals are now on display in communal areas and on the wards within the unit.

Links: http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/15363/