The Song Weaver
Lullabies and their health benefits
As Great Ormond Street publishes it's findings on the efficancy of Lullabies
, we were thrilled to receive this beautiful CD and songbook back from our printers this month. The Song Weaver is the culmination of twenty creative workshops with infants under five at The Royal London Hospital. In partnership with Spitalfields Music
and under the guidance of speech and language therapists, musicians lead a series of stimulating and engaging music and storytelling sessions, writing new songs with infants and their families.
This project was developed from our previous Lullabies projects and took place with a range of young patients from oncology areas, the gastroentereology ward and the neonatal unit. Copies of the CD will be distributed to all families, wards, clinics and units involved. The CD will be used as a resource for baby groups by hospital staff.
Read our blog post with Spitalfields Music: Research published this week by Great Ormond Street Hospital suggests that lullabies can help reduce pain.
A limited number of The Song Weaver CDs are available for a suggested donation of £6. If you would like to purchase a copy please email
Latest CommissionRoyal Florilegium
Artist Jacques Nimki has completed two more works related to his Royal Florilegium
commission at The Royal London Hospital. One has transformed the reception and parent area in the Neo Natal Department and the other has brought interest and a sense of the outdoors to the family bereavement room in A&E.
Royal Florilegium by Jaques Nimki. Photography by Jess Bonham
Multiplied Art Fair Thank you!
This October we took part in Multiplied Art Fair. As well as exhibiting our full range of limited edition prints we also to the opportunity to launch two new prints by Hurvin Anderson
and Tord Boontje
. We received some lovely feedback and we met some great people over the five days. We would like to say a HUGE thank everyone that took part in our raffle to win a Bob and Roberta Smith print; the winner was Beatrice with winning ticket number 40! All the money raised from the raffle will go towards funding our next Arts Participation Project that will benefit the patients and staff at Barts Health NHS Trust.
We would also like to thank the team at Multiplied for a fantastic event and for choosing Vital Arts as this year's charity, we can't wait to see you next year! Vital Arts at Multiplied 2013
Ongoing ProjectsRenal Unit Arts Consultation
Central Saint Martins and Creative Works
Our Research and Development Project on The Royal London's Renal Unit is in full swing with staff from Central St Martin's course Narrative Environments busy consulting with patients and staff. We'll be trialing some art and design interventions in the next phase.
National Portrait Gallery
This month young patients at The Royal London Hospital school welcomed back the National Portrait Gallery for a series of art workshops. Children worked on creating a coat of arms, postcards and a boats!