Arts St George’s Celebrates A Creative Christmas!

14 January 2021
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In December 2020, Arts St George’s explored new ways to spread creative festive cheer, keeping the interests and enthusiasms of St George’s vibrant community at the heart of our activities.

To provide a welcome distraction to patients forecast to spend Christmas in hospital and help decorate the wards, we distributed 300 specially curated Christmas Craft Packs. These included DIY cracker making kits, multi-sensory festive wreath making activities and a bespoke a paper chain making sheet. The beautiful paper chain design, illustrated by Francesca Tiley, showcased the festive traditions of the diverse range of cultures represented in the hospital, through drawings and celebratory phrases in English, Polish, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.

We were also delighted that the activity sheet was also included in Wandsworth Council’s ‘Create & Learn’ Play Packs, distributed to over 2000 families across the Borough, who may ordinarily have limited access to creative activities and resources at home.

What better way to get participants in the festive spirit whilst working on their craft activities than bespoke performances of Christmas classics? At the end of November, we invited staff and patients at the hospital to request their favourite festive music which was performed online by 5 talented musicians: saxophonist Lara Jones, multi-instrumentalists Lila Clements & Tarek Merchant and guitar & vocals duo Jack & Antonia Benjamin.

Safely recorded at home we were delighted that the playlist has been streamed over 200 times, even being watched by patients and staff together on the wards in the week before Christmas!

Finally, to keep our younger audiences entertained, we were thrilled that the Hospital School was offered fully subsidised tickets to Theatre 503’s virtual, interactive pantomime, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We would like to express our thanks to Wandsworth Council for their continued partnership as well as our 6 brilliant artists who made this project possible.

 

Arts St George’s is funded and managed by St George’s Hospital Charity.

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