4th March 2015 – Giant mural created to help parents distract poorly children

Posted on March 6, 2015 by AireAdmin

A giant mural has been created for the walls of Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department to help parents distract their children as they wait to be seen.

Its the first hospital project artist Lorraine Duff has ever worked on and the largest canvas – 47 square metre compared to A5 size greeting cards she normally designs – almost 1500 times larger.

The design was digitally printed and installed by sign and graphics company New Vision in Bradford, who have also provided lots of wall art for dementia projects for the Trust on four wards and have started to specialise in projects for various health organisations. They also designed the donor tree artwork in the lobby of Airedale’s Emergency Department.

The £3,475 mural was funded by the Emergency Department Appeal and is on the children’s corridor which links the children’s waiting room to the children’s treatment rooms and X-ray measuring about 20m long.

Meg Crossley, emergency department consultant at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said previously the corridor was very long and plain.

“Many parents and children have told me they think the mural is lovely. It provides distraction and something to talk about they move around the department and the corridor has a really friendly feel now.”

Lorraine worked for many years as a designer in the greeting card industry.

When she was made redundant she became a freelance illustrator and designer from her home in Birkenshaw and now helps to look after her 15 month old grand daughter.

She completed the design digitally at her home and created something she would like to see on her grand daughters’ bedroom wall.

Lorraine said: “I have never worked on such a large scale project but I really enjoyed it. I love the outdoors was inspired by the countryside and the natural world. We do a lot of family walks and visits to the Sculpture Park with its ever changing exhibitions all set in a stunning landscape.”

Tony Stead, business development manager for New Vision, said:

“Our experience of working on a similar project for St George’s Hospital in London meant that we were able to  offer guidance on how to approach it, not only in terms of scale but also the content and format that works well in this specific kind of environment. The end result is stunning and we’ve had some really positive feedback and it’s been a real pleasure to have collaborated with Lorraine and been involved with such a fantastic project.”