“Thank you so much for the booklet of rainbows. ... The whole book is a lovely memory of the difficult lockdown that we have all endured, it made me smile and the quotes and thanks to the NHS is lovely. It is a job well done. Thank you to all involved.”
The Grange University Hospital
Client: Laing O’Rourke and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Location: Llanfrechfa, Torfaen
Services: Development & Commissioning
As part of the Grange Arts Programme, Studio Response devised and delivered the Rainbow Project. Rainbows came to symbolise the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. They filled the windows of our homes in an outpouring of gratitude for healthcare workers who commit to keeping us safe and well.
To capture that groundswell of support and place it at the heart of the hospital, children and adults from across the region were invited to submit their own rainbow drawings. More than 250 were sent in and these drawings have been digitally transformed into artworks which now sit in the stairwells and Discharge Lounge of the Grange University Hospital – a lasting reminder of that pride, admiration and hope.
All the rainbows we received were featured in a booklet, which is a wonderful keepsake. Booklets were offered to everyone who took part and they are treasured souvenirs of this special project. Kathryn P, a grandparent of a participant wrote: “Thank you so much for the booklet of rainbows, it arrived yesterday and it is really lovely, I have found my granddaughters’ rainbows that they sent in. The whole book is a lovely memory of the difficult lockdown that we have all endured, it made me smile and the quotes and thanks to the NHS is lovely. It is a job well done. Thank you to all involved”.
The artwork and booklet were designed by Garry Bartlett and printed and installed by Bees and Honey.
You can discover more about the art around the Grange University Hospital and the people who made it at Art for the Grange | Celf ar gyfer y Faenor