Our Work

Artfelt has become widely recognised with patients, visitors and staff for its enhancement of The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield; creating an environment designed with children in mind. Here are some of our highlights.

New Developments

New Developments

Artfelt is on a mission to design a hospital built with children in mind, as part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s make it better appeal.

The appeal aims to transform Sheffield Children's Hospital to match its existing world class care with world class facilities, creating the best possible environment for children to get better more quickly.

As an important part of the transformation, Artfelt will collaborate with artists and designers to improve the feel of the hospital, making it more comfortable for patients and their families. Whether it’s stimulating wall art on the wards, distraction pieces in treatment rooms, or soothing spaces for parents to reflect - Artfelt aims to make hospital feel better. 

Workshops

Workshops

Artfelt helps to make hospital feel better by engaging patients in fun and creative workshops that provide distraction during anxious moments – such as before an operation, and to break up long stays on the wards.

From mosaics and bunting to animation and cardboard robots, Workshop Coordinator Laura uses visual arts and crafts to get children socialising, expressing and enjoying themselves. These workshops are a valuable way to distract patients from their treatment and research proves this helps children get better quicker.

Lucy Sidlow, 5, had lots of fun painting a plant pot as she waited for results from a bronchoscopy to find a cause for her lung problems.

Mum, Jane, said: “She’s been really bored. It’s difficult having to wait about especially when she’s had a tube in her nose. She needed something to distract her and the Artfelt workshops are right up her street. She loves anything messy and it’s nice for me to have a break and get a cup of coffee.”

The Long Gallery

The Long Gallery

The Long Gallery - Artfelt’s exhibition space in Sheffield Children's Hospital - provides a place of respite and reflection for families during their stay. The gallery displays new and stimulating art from renowned artists and in collaboration with patients.

The gallery space runs along the hospital’s main corridor with changing displays that keep the environment fresh and stimulating. From work loaned by national collections or commissions by local artists to children’s photography and paintings, the gallery displays themes that are significant to Sheffield, healthcare or childhood.

The programme of exhibitions gives visitors the opportunity to broaden perceptions of art in a hospital environment, but needs funding to keep its exhibitions going.

Fluoroscopy Room

Fluoroscopy Room

A high tech Fluoroscopy Room has been installed Sheffield Children's Hospital thanks to the success of the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail which hit the streets of Sheffield in summer 2016.

The scanning equipment, which provides moving X-Ray images to help diagnose a variety of life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, was funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity through money raised at the Herd of Sheffield auction in October 2016.

The space was enhanced by illustrator Tatiana Boyko who was commissioned by Artfelt to create a cityscape full of distraction that works across the cupboards and walls in the space; complementing the equipment with high quality art.

The equipment has already made life-changing diagnoses, including one for Ella Sparham, 12. Mum, Claire Sparham, said: “The experience using the new equipment was fantastic. Ella was immediately put at ease by the artwork in the room, and the radiographer explained very carefully exactly what was going to happen and what the machine did. She was so scared to come for the appointment, because it is quite invasive, but everything went so well that she said she won’t be scared again.”

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

Working with acclaimed designer Morag Myerscough, we devised four colourways - from bright to calm - across all 46 en suite bedrooms and a different scheme for the multi occupancy bays in the hospital's newest wing.

This project was 2 years in the making and involved some technical challenges - using standard hospital materials in a new way - but we believe the rooms make a real difference to the experience of being in hospital.

“Although the rooms are for children I didn’t want them to be childish because children of all different age groups will be staying in them,” said Morag. “I also wanted to create somewhere parents would be happy to spend time too. It was just about making a bedroom that you felt good to be in.”

The project is part of numerous fresh commissions we're providing for the hospital's biggest ever re-development

Photos: Jill Tate

Plaster Room

Plaster Room

Jon Burgerman is a UK born, NYC based artist instigating improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle. He is a purveyor of doodles and is often credited and referenced as the leading figure in the popular 'Doodle' art style.

He created a weird and wonderful wall of fun for the Plaster Room in our New Wing, ensuring lots for patients to see as they have their plaster casts fitted. We even hear the staff have chosen their favourite characters which look like them!

The project is part of numerous fresh commissions we're providing for the hospital's biggest ever re-development

Photos: Jill Tate

Treatment and Blood Test Rooms

Treatment and Blood Test Rooms

Artfelt brought impact and colour to the Treatment and Blood Test rooms in our New Wing thanks to Andy J Miller.

Andy was born in born in Indianan and now works as a commercial artists in Columbus, OH. He created graphic characters to provide impact and distraction for patients as they undergo proceedures. The project is part of numerous fresh commissions we're providing for the hospital's biggest ever re-development

Photos: Jill Tate

Treetop Staircase

Treetop Staircase

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve public spaces at the hospital, Artfelt installed a large commission in the staircase leading from the Eye Department to Treetop House.

The series of brightly coloured pieces were created by artist Louise Lockhart around the topic of playtime and toys and include a trio of images creating a large park scene.

Famed for her playful style, Louise creates her designs by drawing, printing, cutting and finding collage material and textures, then compiles them using a computer. She has worked for clients including Mini Boden, The Independent and Donna Wilson.

Photos: Jill Tate

B Floor Corridor

B Floor Corridor

This corridor on B Floor of the hospital links the X-Ray Department to the Restaurant. Formerly the home of The Long Gallery, it used to lead to the Outpatient Department. Following the relocation of Outpatients, The Long Gallery also moved into the hospital’s new wing.

Whilst now a quieter space, this long corridor still deserved interest and colour for visitors on their way around the building. We commissioned Jon Burgerman, famed for his doodle-style, to provide original pieces and limited edition prints that line the route between these key areas. 

Photos: Jill Tate

Clinical Genetics

Clinical Genetics

The Clinical Genetics Department is based in the hospital’s Outpatient Department at The Northern General. The team see adults and families affected by genetic conditions, including provision of a genetic counselling service. 

We worked with Australian couple Inaluxe to provide bright floral prints suitable for all the family, no matter what age, in their three consulting rooms.

Neurophysio

Neurophysio

Our Neurophysio rooms see children for Electroencephalographs - tests which record the electrical impulses that the brain produces whilst sending and receiving messages to and from the body.

We worked with designer Studio Binky to produce interesting, but calming pieces for each room, that are uplifting and allow children to be distracted whilst undergoing the treatment.

Using a combination of framed prints and cut vinyl, Studio Binky used the theme of the outdoors to create imagery linked to Sheffield parks and animals. Patients can now look at characters playing in one of our famous parks or enjoying a day out at the local farm. Created in soothing tones, the familiarity of the locations helps calm patients using the service in our newly decorated rooms.

Medical Daycare

Medical Daycare

Our Medical Daycare department became home to ten brightly coloured characters, as part of an art commission created in collaboration with patients. 

In workshops lead by illustrators Pencil and Help, patients waiting in the department were asked to design characters who they thought would enjoy a giant game of hide and seek. These were then given a professional polish by the artist duo and brought to the walls of the department by Artfelt.

One of the designers was 8 year-old Phoebe, who is treated regularly in the department for juvenile arthritis. She came up with the idea for Coloray, a long legged creature with an extra eye in his tummy who Phoebe said is a, “silly character” who is “just average at hiding”. 

The hide and seek game develops throughout the department. The journey begins with Wheeler counting down in the lobby, while all the the other characters are running off to hide. Children are able to go on different routes to find the characters, with some being repeated to ensure that they have a good chance of spotting them all.

Theatres

Theatres

The Chinese tangram became the basis for a collection of geometric art installations set to help soothe young patients going into surgery.

We commissioned designers Thomas.Matthews to line our theatre corridors and treatment rooms, as a way to provide distraction for children during the anxious moments before they are anaesthetised. The project was created not only to complement new state-of-the-art theatre suites, but also to flow consistently between old and new parts of the department. 

The tangram concept builds scenes with tessellating shapes that break away to reveal animals, plants and buildings for children to spot as they walk and culminating with a focal light box in the ceiling of each new anaesthetic room, which can be used by staff to encourage children over the daunting threshold. The work is designed to be an aesthetically pleasing uplifting piece, providing tools for improvisation and dialogue, but without being patronising to older patients.

Shapes also dance along the ceiling of a double height corridor in the form of a Perspex mobile. Designed to make the most of a newly built large space with a lot of natural light, the coloured, transparent shapes create patterns of rockets that move in and out of sight as patients walk below.

Jack Bardwell, designer at Thomas.Matthews, said: “We spent a lot of time speaking to escorts who take children down from the wards to theatre and exploring the importance of graphics as a tool for distraction. The idea was to create a game that could be played by children with the escorts on the way to their operation, by spotting the animals and patterns hidden in the tangram.”

Eye Department

Eye Department

The Eye Department at Sheffield Children's Hospital diagnoses and treats a wide range of paediatric eye disorders. It is vital that eye disorders such as lazy eyes or squints are detected as early as possible so that effective treatment can be initiated before eyes stop developing.

Artfelt worked with designer Nick Deakin to create visually stimulating artwork across the Eye Department. Nick used bold colours and a simplistic style to create a world of characters running through the department. The project is designed to both engage and stimulate young patients and assist in clinical assessment.

Through the provision of interactive art, we hope to make the experience of visiting this department as stimulating for the eyes as possible.

Laurence Pattacini, a lecturer in landscape architecture at The University of Sheffield said Nick’s work has transformed the department, which she visits regularly with her 11-year-old son.

She said: “Before, there were nice pictures but the space, without any windows, felt quite claustrophic. When we first saw it after the makeover, it felt brighter and more welcoming with a fresh colour scheme. Adrian noticed too, he is very observant. He has had to go to hospital every three months for the last nine years, so the environment is important as we have to wait around. He noticed the colours and the drawings – it is always nice to see new things you haven’t seen before, and with this new design there is so much to see. It just feels fresh. It is essential that clinical spaces are designed like this. It is important for wellbeing, not only of the patients but the staff. Working in an environmental field, I appreciate that the spaces people work in are central to their morale.”

Child Assessment Unit

Child Assessment Unit

The Child Assessment Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital provides a full paediatric assessment for children and young people where safeguarding concerns have been raised or where the opinion of a specialist paediatrician has been sought.

The Unit also houses the Children’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The SARC waiting room needed updating to provide more pleasant surroundings for the typically older children. Artfelt added graphic vinyls and adolescent friendly artwork to create a comfortable, but contemporary space.

Breastfeeding Room

Breastfeeding Room

At Sheffield Children's Hospital, we see lots of mums with babies and feel it is important to provide helpful facilities and support, so new mums can feel comfortable when visiting our hospital.

When the hospital created a dedicated breastfeeding room in the main entrance, Artfelt was asked to fill the safe space with calming artwork suitable for the women who use it.

Working with artist and illustrator Sarah Abbott, we provided feminine and floral pieces that create a tranquil and soothing feeling for all mums.

The hospital has since won an award for its excellent work to provide a breast feeding friendly environment. 

Hearing Toys

Hearing Toys

Staff at Sheffield Children's Hospital use wooden figures in a rowing boat to test hearing in children. When the toys - which have been used since the 1970s - became damaged and unfit for purpose, Artfelt sourced artists from across the UK to paint the 250 figures, creating unique and colourful designs.

The artists used specialist paints to depict everything from superheroes and animals to women from around the world and characters from popular culture. The result is a collection of bright, engaging toys that will benefit our hearing patients for years to come. 

Physiotherapy Department

Physiotherapy Department

The Physiotherapy Team at Sheffield Children's Hospital diagnose, treat and manage patients’ physical ability. They need a bright, spacious environment with engaging surroundings where staff and patients can work towards recovery in comfort.

After seeing the transformation of the gym and pool areas at Ryegate Children’s Centre, the physiotherapy team asked if we could invite artists TADO back to improve the atmosphere at the hospital gym.

After a lick of paint, we revamped the space by adding fun and colourful characters to the walls to entertain and stimulate patients during their session. 

Ryegate Assessment Block

Ryegate Assessment Block

In early 2014 we created a transport themed cityscape for the two storey assessment block at the Ryegate Children’s Centre. The Ryegate Centre sees children with a range of complex neurological disorders and the outpatients department, housed in the assessment block, holds specialist neurology and neurodisability clinics on a daily basis.

After speaking to the staff there, we learnt that transport is really popular with the type of patients who visit for appointments and our cityscape has lots of details for patients to spot while they’re waiting. We even had a bit of art direction from Billy (aged 7) while we were there. He had a real eye for placement and we think he’s a genius!

Ryegate House Bathroom

Ryegate House Bathroom

We get involved in projects both large and small, but couldn’t turn down the opportunity to have some fun with decorating the bathroom at the hospital’s Ryegate House. Ryegate House does a great job of providing respite care for children and young people with complex neurological needs, but their bathroom was in need of a bit of love.

We therefore created an underwater world with bold, happy characters to relax children as they soak in the bath. Once we’d finished the work, we left them arguing about who should go in the bath first!

Parents' Stories

Parents' Stories

As part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival 2012, Artfelt worked with author Beverley Ward to document the feelings and experiences of parents and carers with children in Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Hospital can be a distressing time for parents, as well as patients, and it can come with a whirlwind of emotions, whatever the illness.

Beverley worked with parents of children in a variety of wards across the hospital to help them express their feelings through poems and short stories. We published the collection of writing as a special booklet called ‘Parent Stories’, which you can purchase from our shop

Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Waiting in the emergency department in hospital can be a stressful and worrying time, so when Artfelt was approached we were happy to brighten ours up.

We worked with photographer Andy Brown to create a collection of pictures to spark conversation between parents and their children, while reflecting the hospital’s history from 1870s. We hunted down the most popular toys from every decade of the hospital’s history by collaborating with V&A’s Museum of Childhood and Museums Sheffield and asking for help from our friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Digital X-Ray Room

Digital X-Ray Room

Having an x-ray can be very daunting for a child, so Artfelt helped create a fun and exciting environment for the Digital X-Ray room at Sheffield Children's Hospital. The X-Ray team had the idea to scan popular toys and Artfelt used these to create their very own Toy Story on the walls.

The Digital X-Ray machine was also funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity, so this project was a fantastic team effort.  

Psychology Department

Psychology Department

The Psychology Team at Sheffield Children's Hospital supports patients, families and staff by listening and working with them to understand their situation so they can find ways of managing and adapting for the better. 

The service has recently moved premises and Artfelt worked with the team to refurbish the department with a lick of paint before providing new artwork that complements, but doesn’t intrude on, their therapeutic work.

We commissioned artist Andy Heath, based at Yorkshire Artspace, to create a sensitive and uplifting space. Working with the theme of pebbles, Andy created a combination of mosaic and painted pieces which really brighten up the environment.

The art sits alongside ‘emotion boards’ which were uniquely designed by Eleven for each consulting room to assist children in communicating their emotional world in a non-threatening, fun and interactive way. 

Hydrotherapy Pool

Hydrotherapy Pool

In one of our biggest projects to date, we provided a brand new hydrotherapy pool for Sheffield Children's Hospital's Ryegate Centre in Broomhill, which sees children with a wide range of neurological and neurodisability needs.

We replaced the 50-year-old pool and revamped its surroundings with sensory distractions to soothe patients during their water therapy. Artfelt commissioned Sheffield artists TADO to brighten the pool area with colourful imagery of sea creatures and seaside scenery.

With its improved design, the new sunken pool is easier to access, features modern lighting - including lights beneath the water - and has an improved hoist system, which allows patients to be moved from the changing rooms straight into the pool and shower room. 

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

From time to time, we work in areas of the hospital that can be difficult to think about, but Artfelt strives to ensure families have the best possible environment during every aspect of their hospital visit.

Rose Cottage – the region’s paediatric mortuary – is based at Sheffield Children's Hospital. We collaborated with artist and illustrator Sarah Abbott, to design tranquil art which is sensitive to the needs of bereaved families. Sarah created a real sense of stillness within the department and used her work to subtly hint at re-growth by using natural shapes, colours and texture within her still life pieces. Her selfless work is located in areas where it can either be looked at in detail or absorbed subconsciously. It has made Rose Cottage a calm and comfortable place for the families who need to visit. 

Parent Rooms

Parent Rooms

Staying in hospital can often be a stressful and anxious time for families. By offering parents a calm and comforting space to relax away from the ward, we can help them support their child during their time in the hospital.

We recently refurbished the parent rooms on two wards, providing parents and siblings with comfortable lounge areas where they can enjoy refreshments, read and recuperate in a calm and quiet space. The rooms are sometimes used to discuss difficult news with our parents, so the space also needed to be serene.

With your donations, we funded new flooring, seating, paintwork and art for two of our busiest patient rooms. We introduced colour into the space, using photographs by Stephen Elliott. Stephen captures scenes of the spectacular Peak District, which are welcoming and familiar to our families without being intrusive.

Adolescent Rooms

Adolescent Rooms

Sheffield Children's Hospital sees patients from babies to 16 years old and Artfelt works to provide age appropriate facilities across the spectrum.

During their time in hospital, adolescents often require space away from our younger patients, where they can relax and recuperate in a space more suitable to their needs. Artfelt has provided several areas throughout the hospital where our older visitors can hang out, play games or watch TV in spaces designed with teens in mind. 

One such project saw a waiting area in the hospital’s outpatients department benefit from artwork by Geo Law, who's hand drawn designs created a bold space distinctly different from the style of the rest of waiting room, ensuring patients of all ages feel comfortable.  

Ryegate Therapy Centre

Ryegate Therapy Centre

In 2011, Artfelt got on board with the refurbishment of Sheffield Children's Hospital’s Ryegate Therapy Centre – home of the physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy services for children with disabilities in Sheffield.

When a group of cyclists raised over £15,000 with a cycle ride for The Children’s Hospital Charity, they chose to donate the money, and their time, to revamping the department and make it better for patients and their families. Inspired by the cyclists’ commitment to the project, staff from the hospital, Artfelt and The Children’s Hospital Charity lent a helping hand, along with parents of children who use the centre.

New features included a striking new entrance area, full interior repaint, new sensory room with UV lights, toys and equipment, colourful artwork designed by TADO

Becton Centre

Becton Centre

Artfelt worked with staff and patients at The Becton Centre – Sheffield Children's Hospital's centre for patients with serious and complex mental health problems – to create a stimulating and soothing environment.

Artfelt worked extensively with staff and patients over an 18 month period to select the colours and furnishings for the interior of the building, as well as commissioning artwork across the whole site. Working with artists Andy HeathSeiko KinoshitaTADONick DeakinLord Bunn and Dawn Ireland we commissioned a large variety of age appropriate projects.

To complement our investment in the interior artwork and décor, we created three gardens to give patients a space to grow their own food and spaces for quiet reflection. Patients with the most complex needs also have access to special musical instruments and sensory equipment. We completed the gardens with artwork painted on site by patients in collaboration with artists Lord Bunn and Faunagraphic

“Lots of the young people are extremely interested by who had carried out the art and enjoy picking out theme from the work. Maybe a lyric or songs they are familiar with or spotting features that they recognised.”

Gillian Vincent, Clinical Nurse Manager for Emerald Lodge

Neurosciences Ward

Neurosciences Ward

When the hospital started to design a dedicated neurosciences ward, they asked Artfelt to help ensure the environment was suitable for patient needs.

Working with the Neurosciences Department we selected colours for the walls, flooring and furnishings that would create a sense of calm and relaxation. Artists TADO were commissioned to create artwork that was fun and uplifting, but that reflected the muted colour palette chosen especially for the neurology patients. TADO were set the difficult challenge of creating imagery that was suitable for all age ranges, but wasn’t too overwhelming for children with neurological conditions.

The artwork fills the corridor, cubicle and bathroom areas of the eight bed facility and works alongside the electronic bath, hoist system and patient interactive systems, also funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity. To the excitement of staff and patients, the dedicated neurosciences ward was opened in 2009 by charity patron and world heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Jess said: "During my visits to Sheffield Children's Hospital I have been touched by the inspirational work of the staff and the bravery of the young patients. I feel extremely proud to have such a fantastic children's hospital in my home city and am keen to do all I can to raise awareness of their great work."

CT Scanner

CT Scanner

Back in March 2010, Artfelt was asked to put the finishing touches to The Children's Hospital Charity's CT Scanner appeal. Working with BBC Sheffield and with overwhelming support from local people the appeal raised £500,000 to provide The Children’s Hospital with a state-of-the-art CT scanner.

The scanner, which is used over 1,600 times a year, needed a modern room which reflected this cutting edge technology. We commissioned Art 2 Art to paint a space age mural along the walls of the scanner room, creating a welcoming feel for patients as they undergo their procedures.

Using fresh, contemporary colours, the walls came alive with aliens, spaceships and robots, on a journey through space. The artwork completes a major project for The Children’s Hospital Charity and reflects how the different elements we fund can work really successfully together.

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

In 2009, Sheffield Children's Hospital underwent major refurbishment to its main entrance with £35,000 funding from The Children’s Hospital Charity. Commissioned by Artfelt, The Cafeteria design agency devised a space which was light and airy, friendly and welcoming – a first point of call for patients visiting the hospital.

The redevelopment incorporated the new café and included signage, decoration, door cladding, flooring, shop counters, artwork, seating and a play area. The space catered for all ages and requirements and provides a fantastic introduction to our hospital. Working with local artist Pete McKee, the main entrance features its own exclusive set of friendly characters which welcome and direct people to its different areas. The entrance also has a bespoke playhouse, much to the delight of our younger patients. 

Critical Care Unit

Critical Care Unit

The Children’s Hospital Charity contributed over £100,000 to enhance the Critical Care Unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital back in 2009. Alongside providing specialist equipment, Artfelt worked with staff to design a calm and tranquil environment for the parents of some of our most poorly patients.

Textiles made from natural materials weave through painted wooden slats, to captivate and distract an adult audience who can appreciate its complex design by artist Seiko Kinoshita. Peak District landscapes, created by painter Liz Churton, allow parents time for reflection on their way to and from their accommodation, and a large mosaic plaque welcomes visitors to the department, created by artist Andy Heath.

Artfelt also worked with the design team in selecting flooring, wall colours and furnishings that promote a sense of harmony and calm. 

Ryegate Sensory Garden

Ryegate Sensory Garden

When the Ryegate Children’s Centre in Broomhill needed a new garden, the staff at Starbucks coffeehouses across the South Yorkshire region were inspired to raise £20,000 to help Artfelt create a sensory oasis.

The centre is run by Sheffield Children's Hospital and provides treatment and respite for young children who have neurological conditions and disabilities.

Refurbished by local landscape architect Tim Blundell Jones, the Ryegate garden has been designed to stimulate the senses of the centre’s young patients. Different scented plants with various textures have been planted, a new wheelchair swing has been constructed and a better wheelchair ramp and paving have also been incorporated into the garden design. Artist Andy Heath created a tactile mosaic bench, while local pupils from Ashdell School used oil pastels to decorate tiles for the garden walls.

Sheffield artist and supporter of The Children’s Hospital Charity, Pete McKee opened the garden in June 2009.

Dave Threlfall, Head of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “For the more profoundly disabled children, the garden will be a place of stimulation and excitement as they respond with their different senses to the lovely sights, sounds, smells and feel of the garden.

“To those physically able children with more challenging behaviour it will be a safe environment with a real sense of openness, freedom and fun and for parents visiting with their children it will provide a place for reflection and relaxation.”