HELLO. We are really excited as this is the first post on our new Hospital Arts Blog! This blog and the Hospital Arts newsletter will be our main way of keeping in touch with you and updating you on what we are doing.
We want to start by acknowledging the amazing work that all NHS staff have been doing over the last 6 months in what are incredibly challenging times. THANK YOU!
Although Anne and Trevor have not been able to work on the wards during lockdown, they have been busy devising a programme which can be delivered under the current restrictions. It has been really lovely to keep in touch with you all over the last 6 months, your creativity over this period has been really inspiring, we will be sharing some of your fantastic work in future posts.
We are going to kick off with the wonderful group of volunteer gardeners who help us maintain and keep the garden around the Creative Hub at the Glasshouses, REH, looking really lovely. During lockdown they have not been able to be on site, but have been catching up round a virtual kitchen table using Zoom. They have been sharing gardening stories, tips and cake, all in the virtual stratosphere of course! We found that during lockdown people still wanted that personal contact even if it was on the end of a video call. It’s been really important to keep our brilliant group of volunteers talking to each other until they can all meet up again in the future. You can see what they have been up to in the Gardening newsletter above.
Please keep coming back to the blog as we will be uploading new content on a regular basis. We are really looking forward to working with you all again.
Anne and Trevor
Artlink Hospital Arts
Artlink partner in delivering the Tonic Arts Participatory Programme on behalf of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.