Work of art created by mental health patients
By Liz Lockhart
Artwork created by service users of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been unveiled in the outpatients waiting area at Lincoln County Hospital. The artists are from the Gemini art project which is a recovery group supported by the Trust.
The Heart of the City wall art depicts well-known Lincolnshire landmarks and other images representative of local people at work, rest and play. The artwork has a 3-D effect created by papier-mâché which includes local materials such as back copies of the Lincoln Echo.
The artwork took 12 artists from the Gemini art project, ten weeks to complete. Gemini assists the recovery process by helping people share their experiences and make connections with others through their creative art activities.
Terry Overton, Trust creative arts leader, said ‘Creating art helps people to re-build their confidence and self-esteem. It provides pleasure and a sense of achievement. Our artists tell us how their art helps them to refocus and distracts from day-to-day worries.’
The Heart of the City was welcomed into the outpatients waiting area by United Lincolnshire Hospital’s Trust, hotel services and catering manager, Wayne McIntosh, He said: “The artwork looks fantastic. I was pleased to be invited along to the unveiling of the art at Lincoln County Hospital and I am sure the art will be enjoyed by many of our patients and visitors for a long time.”