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Bringing Art To Young Patients

During COVID and Beyond

The Arts Society Bath, Wessex Area and the Patricia Fay Fund awarded funds totalling £6,000 to kick start Art at the Heart’s award winning pARTcipate programme at the Royal United Hospitals Bath – Art in a Bag.

As the resident artists could no longer work in the Children’s ward, to reduce isolation and engage patients the Art in a Bag project bought art to the patients. Each bag included material such as felt, crayons , fimo, worksheets and links to videos by the artists to inspire young patients.

Over 300 have been given out and it is planned to roll out more bags to older patients.

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The project is an outstanding success with patients, staff and parents.

"It was really good to use the Fimo before his anaesthetic as it took his mind off it. Normally, he is anxious but concentrating on the hands and making was really good." Parent

‘Patient (I) initial experience in hospital was traumatic and resulted in anxiety. Play Specialist Jo gave a patient (I) an art bag to take home which (I) really enjoyed using. (I) watched the video which gave her lots of ideas on how to use the fimo. She found using the fimo calming and relaxing.’ Parent.

These pictures say it all!!

Photographs taken by artist, Charlotte Stowell, Art at the Heart

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