A new creative project to improve signage for patients and visitors to Musgrove Park Hospital’s cancer unit, the Beacon Centre, has been completed with help from Art for life and Somerset College students.
Art for Life, the hospital’s art and design programme, worked with the students to help address concerns that once patients and visitors found themselves in the atrium area of the Beacon Centre, it was not immediately clear how to get to where they needed to go.
Seeing an opportunity to develop a creative solution that delivers high quality, distinctive, welcoming, appropriate and sensitively considered environments that support and inspire people, Art for Life approached Somerset College who were extremely keen to collaborate on the project as it offered their students an opportunity to develop and produce work for a real client.
The project brief was offered to second year students on the BA Hons Surface and Interior Design course. Students developed design ideas that were presented to the project team comprising Art for Life and staff from the Beacon Centre. Students Jan Olive and Katie Rudd were awarded the project and over the last eight months they have worked to produce final designs and the finished artworks.
Speaking about her final pieces and the experience, Jan Olive said:
“My inspiration was well-known Somerset landmarks, as I felt they would be familiar to visitors, easily recognisable and memorable on their journey through the atrium.
“Working with the different manufacturers as well as the Art for Life team has been an invaluable experience and given me the confidence to tackle future projects, armed with more knowledge and first-hand experience”.
Babette Fuller, directorate manager of haematology, oncology and palliative care at Musgrove, said:
“In March 2014 the Beacon Centre, including its sister inpatient facility Ward 9, asked staff what they would like to improve about our facilities. One recurring theme was signage, which has led to this stunning art work that not only achieves its original goal, but also further enhances the ambience of the Beacon Centre”.