Nicola Colclough made an initial visit to Guernsey on the Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th March prior to taking up an Artist in Residency at the PEH. This is part of the Arts and Health programme being delivered by Guernsey Arts Commission and will take place at the end of April for a period of six weeks.
Nicola Colclough is a visual artist from Manchester, specialising in arts and health. For the last seven years she has devised and delivered arts projects in a range of community settings including community centres, schools and arts venues. For the last three years Nicola has worked specifically in the area of arts and health delivering projects in health environments. During this time she has completed artist residencies in Manchester University Hospital (UK), Osaka Children’s Hospital (Japan) and The Austin Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). In 2012 she was awarded a Grants for the Arts Award by Arts Council England to research and develop her work in this sector.
Nicola has worked with patients, staff, artists and carers in a range of scenarios, including waiting rooms, surgical wards, stroke rehabilitation and mental health community settings. Nicola is adept at designing interventions that can engage and inspire, excite and motivate, relax and calm. She calls upon her wide range of artistic skills to deliver finished works of a high quality including film, installation and textile pieces. As an artist she is inspired by travel and adventure, encounters with storytellers and the opportunity to make a difference.
Nicola will work alongside staff, patients and the GAC community arts team to deliver a participatory art project that will explore a new way of presenting and engaging arts in a hospital setting and help to inform the GAC’s Arts in Health programme in partnership with HSSD.
Nicky would like to work with patients, staff and service users to create a new artwork for the main entrance corridor. Small pieces of artwork will be added to the wall over the course of her residency. No prior experience of art is necessary and everybody can join in this very gentle activity.
If you would like Nicky to visit your ward, department, waiting room or would like more information about the project please contact Lottie Barnes, Arts and Health Coordinator [email protected]
Nicky is inviting staff and hospital users to join her on guided health walks around the Princess Elizabeth Hospital to talk about the art currently on display and to share their experiences of the hospital. She would like to hear your opinions, anecdotes and stories to be incorporated into new artworks in surprise locations!
Walks will take over four weeks between Monday 28th April and Friday 23rd May. Nicky can meet you at a time that suits you; walks will last approximately 20 minutes. For more information or to book a slot, please contact Lottie Barnes, Arts and Health Coordinator [email protected]
If you would like to see more examples of Nicky’s work in health environments, please visit her blog at: http://textandillustration.blogspot.com