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Nature Watch For Young Patients – This Is Somerset

Young patients at the Royal United Hospital are being given the chance to study nature in a specially designed courtyard.

The unused space in the hospital grounds has been transformed into an oasis of peace, complete with sculptures.

The hospital’s artist in residence Julie Starks has created a willow deer, a bird and a shelter, which stand in the courtyard.

She was helped in transforming the area by patients from the children’s ward, who made clay creatures.

Each of the creatures was cast in a kiln and they have been used to create a wildlife trail.

RUH arts co-ordinator Hetty Dupays said: “Being able to see and access these gardens, or nature spaces, is extremely beneficial for hospital patients and staff.

“This particular courtyard garden has the added bonus of being directly accessible from the schoolroom on the children’s ward.

“As well as benefiting from a green and pleasant environment, the children will also be able to study plant and insect life and the art in the garden as part of their schooling while they’re in hospital.”

The garden was opened by city mayor Councillor Colin Barrett and children’s author Jeremy Strong, who met some of the children who created the sculptures this week.

They also attended a classical music recital in the Atrium, and viewed artwork by The Old Bakery Artists group and other local artists displayed in the hospital corridors.

Ms Dupays said: “We are very grateful to the Friends of the RUH, the People’s Mission Church and the Bath Primary Schools Arts Festival. Their generosity has made it possible to create a restorative and educational garden for everyone to enjoy.”

Artists Take To The Wards For Display – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists group is extending its boundaries and will be putting on a show at Bath’s Royal United Hospital in December.

The group started out eight years ago in Midsomer Norton and has grown steadily ever since.

It has attracted artists, photographers, ceramicists and sculptors from an ever-expanding area, and now has members in Wells, Frome, Street and beyond.

It therefore seems fitting that their new exhibition explores every aspect of being On The Periphery.

To mark its growth it will be putting on an exhibition of members’ work at the RUH’s central ground floor corridors from Friday, December 5.

They take their name from the Old Bakery, near the museum in Radstock, that was originally going to be their base.

Those plans fell through, but the name stuck and the artists have expanded their range of activities as the years have gone by.

Commission from the sales will go to the Hospital Arts programme which provides art experiences for hospital patients.

The OBA holds meetings on the last Thursday of every month at the Fromeway Inn, Radstock, and as well as the more formal side of its activities members enjoy the social aspect of meeting up away from their studios.

An added bonus is the inclusion of OBA David Fisher’s portrait of Philip Ledbury, which recently won the Holburne Portrait Prize 2008 and will be hung during the exhibition in the main atrium at the RUH.