Artfelt has developed to be widely recognised by patients, visitors and staff for its enhancements to Sheffield Children's Hospital, creating an environment that is designed with children in mind.
The First Arts Coordinator
In the late 1990’s a part-time arts coordinator was employed by the hospital trust to give clearer direction to art commissioning. Soon after, senior consultants began to identify the benefits of art in providing distraction for children in hospital and thus an arts workshop programme was designed to engage children on the wards. These varied workshop sessions, facilitated by professional artists and musicians, were a great way to get children socialising, expressing and enjoying themselves.
The Children's Hospital Charity
In 2008, The Children’s Hospital Charity took over funding of the arts programme as part of its mission to 'make it better'. Formerly named the Arts for Health Programme, Artfelt has since re-branded to reflect its increased involvement in Trust redevelopment projects. Artfelt now works alongside Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to ensure all alterations to the decor and appearance of the hospital are completed to a professional standard and provide a stimulating atmosphere that makes the clinical more comfortable.
Our current art collection primarily comprises of work purchased by Artfelt and predominantly features examples from the past decade. We display a large variety of pieces throughout the hospital, ranging from illustration and graphics to mosaics and textiles.
In recent years there has been a strong move towards bespoke commissions that provide contemporary and durable spaces. Our approach to art also allows for spaces to be more flexible and identifies the need for artwork which can be updated easily, creating a changeable, bright environment for our children.
An active workshop programme continues at the hospital today and is managed by our Workshop Coordinator, who engages patients in creative workshops whether they are here long term or just for a few hours.