Sustainability Artwork Project at Great Ormond Street Hospital

We worked with children at GOSH to imagine and illustrate the hospitals of the future.


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We are very proud and excited to share the outcomes of our inspiring project with Great Ormond Street Hospital to create an illustrated corridor imagining the 'hospitals of the future'.

House of Illustration illustrator Sion Ap Tomos led a series of engaging drawing workshops in wards, outpatient areas and the Children’s Hospital School, encouraging children of all ages to learn about sustainability and consider the issues that are most important to them.

Children and young people let their imaginations run wild, drawing their ideas of what a sustainable hospital might look like in 2015, 2020 and 2050 - see below for some of their work. The patients' illustrations were then digitally assembled to form a 62 metre-long artwork which was installed along one of the hospital's corridors. The artwork has been turned into a fantastic concertina book, and will also be featured on the hoardings outside the hospital for 18 months, sponsored by Skanska.

Sion said:

"It was an incredible opportunity and privilege to work with so many enthusiastic, fun and bright individuals and in creating the design – I hope I've done justice to their ideas and spirit. They are the generation that will have to live with the decisions we make now regarding sustainability so it is right that they have a voice on the subject, and that we all consider what they have to say."

The results of the project were unveiled on 26 March 2015, NHS Sustainability Day. Matthew Tulley, Director of Redevelopment at GOSH attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to thank the children who helped create the artwork and present them with a commemorative booklet of their work. He said:

“Climate change is one of the most significant global health threats of this century and a poor environment, particularly poor air quality, can have a serious impact on child health. This project was an important educational experience for the children and young people involved, but it has also created a lasting reminder to the GOSH community of our collective responsibility to “tread lightly”, limiting our environmental footprint to provide the best possible future for our children.”

In further exciting news, the project is up for a NHS Sustainability Day award, and you can help by voting on twitter - just copy and tweet the following message:

Use of art to engage young people in Sustainability gets my vote for #overallaward @GreatOrmondSt @dayforaction

It would be incredible to see the great work of all the patients who took part recognised, so please do vote if you can!