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Island voices - community arts project for the PEH modernisation programme

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Thursday 27 August 2020

Going into hospital can be a scary and intimidating experience - whether you are there as a patient or as a relative or friend.

As HSC develops the plans for the modernisation of the PEH, a key consideration is how the community experiences services in a hospital environment and how they feel when in the building. The history and culture in the hospital is equally as important as the experiences of the built environment and it is important that this isn't lost in any new development or modernisation.

The 'Island voices - community arts project for the PEH modernisation' is an arts based community engagement project which gives a voice to the community and creates ownership of the modernisation programme.

Starting at the Vale Earth Fair event on Sunday 30 August 2020, community artists will be asking the community what the PEH means to them and how you would like its environment to look and feel?

Anyone who wishes to participate in this art project will be able to work with the community artists to develop a piece of artwork which expresses their feelings about the hospital and answer some simple questions about what is important to them in the hospital building.

All of the artwork produced will be uploaded onto a website creating an online gallery and will eventually be used to develop a digital mosaic.

Lottie Barnes, Culture, Arts and Health Manager HSC said:

'We really want to know from the community what the hospital means to them - whether it be seeing a family member born there, treatment in the day patient unit or being admitted onto a ward. All of these experiences will be unique to that individual but collectively they will help us to determine how best to develop to ensure positive experiences even during the most testing of times.

' We already know that paint colours, wall coverings and art work have a positive impact on user's experiences of built environments and the 'island voices' project will feed into the decision making in these areas.'

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