Mosaic Mural for Hospital Courtyard

Local artists are working in an empty shop unit at the Guildhall Shopping Centre on a beautiful and inspiring mosaic mural which will eventually find a home in a courtyard at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, to be enjoyed by younger cancer patients and their family and friends.

The artwork, entitled “Tree of Life” has been designed by artists Lucy Rockliffe and Jess Carvill, who are collectively known as “ArtStorm”. The pair are painstakingly putting together their mosaic design using ceramic tiles donated by British Ceramic Tiles at Newton Abbot. Included within the design are individual ceramic tile elements made by patients and their families in collaboration with local cancer support charity FORCE, which has organised workshop sessions. 

“Tree of Life” will find a home in a small courtyard at the end of Yeo Ward. A door has been created from the ward to the courtyard. Flower beds have been built into the paving and planting will complement the colourful ceramic and mosaic mural. 

The project is led by Exeter HealthCare Arts, which has been successful in securing a grant of around £10,000 from the National Lottery “Awards for All” scheme to support the artwork.

Stephen Pettet-Smith, who heads up Exeter HealthCare Arts and who was highly commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for his work, said: “This is a truly inspiring community art project and one which will be of huge benefit to patients on Yeo Ward, and their families and friends. Our thanks go to the National Lottery for awarding us the grant, FORCE for facilitating our workshops, British Ceramic Tiles for the donation of raw materials, and the Guildhall Shopping Centre for giving us an empty shop unit free of charge in which our artists can complete the project before it is moved to the hospital.”

Andrew McNeilly, centre manager at the Guildhall Shopping Centre, added: “We are more than pleased to have been able to offer Exeter Healthcare Arts an empty shop unit for the “Tree of Life” project. The unit is on the upper level next to the entrance to Marks & Spencer, and we hope that shoppers will take some time out to see the artwork being created and to speak to Lucy and Jess about the creative process behind it.”

The “Tree of Life” mural will be installed in the courtyard off Yeo Ward during September.

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