St George’s Hospital Charity Welcomes Second Cohort of Resident Artists27 October 2023
Following on from the success of our fantastic first cohort of Resident Artists at St George’s, the new Resident Artists will plan and lead high-quality creative sessions with patients, their families and staff, helping improve the experience of being in hospital.
Coming in for one day a week each, they will deliver sessions in public spaces, outpatient clinics and inpatient wards across St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust sites, encouraging people to take part.
After a rigorous and competitive recruitment process, the Charity is delighted to announce the selected artists are Heather McClelland (musician) and Phoebe Kaniewska (visual artist).
Each artist has been chosen on reflection of their ability to adapt and develop their artistic excellence for healthcare settings, sharing innovative ideas for working collaboratively with our hospital community. As a cohort, the Resident Artists represent a range of experience and cultural backgrounds including extensive experience working in healthcare settings.
Alex Botha, Interim Chief Executive, St George’s Hospital Charity, noted: “We are delighted to be welcoming in two new talented and inspiring artists to our hospitals.
"We know that the St George’s Resident Artist programme has had a hugely positive impact on our hospital community to date, and we are excited to see what the future holds for the initiative, delivered by Heather and Phoebe and managed by our Arts Team.”
The artists will start their work on site in the week commencing Monday 30 October. Heather will visit each Tuesday, and Phoebe each Thursday. If you, or a patient in your care would like a visit from one of our artists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to arrange this.
Heather McClelland added: "I’m really excited about starting my music residency at St George’s and I can’t wait to explore the positive impact that music can have on patients, their families, and the incredible staff in this world class hospital."
Please watch this space for updates on how the residencies develop!
The Resident Artist initiative is organised by Arts St George's, part of St George's Hospital Charity. To find out more about our Resident Artists Programme, please click here.