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Art students display work at Horsham's Horizon Unit
19 December 2014

Horsham art students display work at Horsham Hospital’s Horizon Unit

Collyer’s College students visited Horsham Hospital recently to display their artwork at our Horizon Unit, the intermediate care ward. The stunning work comprised pieces created by talented second year BTEC Art and Design students.  

Dawn Fincham, ward manager at our Horizon Unit, explained how the project worked: “I met with the Collyer’s artists during the Easter term and the students then visited the hospital to get a feel for the spaces that would house their art. Today is very much the culmination of their creative work; we are so grateful that these young artists care so much about our patients and the important work we do here.”

Sharon Rolfe, subject leader for BTEC Art at Collyer’s, said: “It has been wonderful to collaborate with Dawn and this great trust for this project. I am so proud of our second year National Diploma students as they have produced some stunning work for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy.”

The Horizon Unit offers intermediate care and rehabilitation, especially for elderly patients recuperating after serious illness or surgery.

Actor, Paul Darrow, who accepted the artwork on behalf of the Horizon Unit’s patients said: “The pieces that will go on show demonstrate amazing talent, these young artists are clearly gifted and it was a pleasure to meet them. This really is terrific for the ward and I would also like to say a huge thank-you to the professionals here. They are brilliant.”

Dawn Fincham added: “The art cheers up the ward – so massive thanks to Sharon Rolfe and these lovely students. It is great to have youngsters mixing with our older patients on the ward. Young people can often get a bad press, but our experience, including projects like this, is entirely positive. Not many people know this, but half of our volunteers are from Collyer’s alone! That says it all!”

The student artwork work will remain on display in the Horizon Ward at Horsham Hospital until the end of 2015.

Student Chelsea Rice said: “I got involved because I thought it would be good to brighten the spirits of the patients.”

Student Sarah Smith added: “The pieces are a good conversation starter, which I hope will encourage a positive atmosphere helping people like Paul to recover.”

Student Carla Bourne said: “Art shouldn’t be a chore, it should be an expression of who you really are.”

Student Frankie Bailey said: “It was a pleasure to meet Paul and to hear him talk about all about his amusing experiences as a television and film actor. We’ve really enjoyed making these paintings and I really hope Paul and the other patients enjoy them!”

Sharon Rolfe was delighted: “The students and I were very excited about bringing our artwork to the hospital and meeting Paul was a great surprise and a wonderful bonus. He made our day with his energy and jokes!

“The project is a fantastically positive use of art and our students’ incredible talents and I’m confident that the work will be appreciated. Thank-you to Dawn and the excellent staff here for giving us this wonderful chance to help.”  

More information about Horsham Hospital's Horizon Unit.