A dose of creativity thanks to UHBW and Culture Weston
Thousands of people across the UK will soon be enjoying a dose of creativity as a new ‘Boredom Buster’ publication is launched University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston. Orders are welcome from all health and social care organisations in acute, primary and community settings – and from organisations delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding or isolated.
Thousands of NHS patients across the UK will soon be enjoying a dose of creativity as a new ‘Boredom Buster’ publication is launched in hospitals.
The 48-page tabloid style newspaper, inspired by the beloved Summer Annual formula, has been produced for the NHS National Performance Advisory Group for Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals, by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston.
This bumper first edition is a pioneering, collaborative project between the arts and culture sector, hospital arts teams and participatory arts professionals. Packed with articles, activities and images it is designed for adults and older teenagers to boost mood and alleviate anxiety and provides an individual, interactive kit of creative items. As well as reading, patients are encouraged to immerse themselves in drawing, writing, tearing and folding to make each copy their own.
‘Boredom Buster’s’ superpower is its eclectic range of contributions including those from famous artists, arts therapists and professional creative health specialists. The wealth of contributors includes Antony Gormley, Martin Parr, Sarah Hickson, David Dimbleby, Jeremy Deller, Mark Ravenhill, Patrick Gale, Kalpna Woolf, Luke Jerram, Wayne McGregor, Manoj Malde, Dr Phil Hammond and Dr Lizzie Burns, founder of the ‘Anti-boredom Campaign’. * (see contributors list below)
Anna Farthing, Arts Programme Director, UHBW, said:
“We are very grateful for the generosity of all of the contributors, seed funding from Above & Beyond Charity and our ongoing collaboration with Culture Weston. At a time when visiting is restricted, patients are in even greater need of an individual resource that can provide engaging things to do and think about.
“Boredom Buster activities are fun and they are also based on research. Content has been carefully selected to help patients communicate, maintain cognitive function and manual dexterity, and express their identity. The interest shown by colleagues from all over the country has been overwhelming.”
It will also be delivered to care homes in Weston, as part of Culture Weston and UHBW’s on-going Arts + Health programme in the town.
UHBW are currently welcoming orders from all health and social care organisations in acute, primary and community settings – and from organisations delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding or isolated – copies are £1 plus delivery – minimum order 50 copies – and copies must be provided to users free of charge.
To order copies of the ‘Boredom Buster’ Summer Annual, hospitals, health and care settings can email boredombuster[at]uhbw.nhs.uk.
Owing to the high level of interest in the ‘Boredom Buster’ Summer Annual, Culture Weston and UHBW will be starting work on a Winter edition shortly, so it would be great to get the Summer Annual out there, and gather feedback, as soon as possible.
For any enquiries related to this resource, please send emails to boredombuster[at]uhbw.nhs.uk.
* ‘Boredom Buster’ Contributors:
Bastille (band), Rachel Barbarisi (artist), Michael Bird (art historian), James Bissell-Thomas (globe maker), Paul Blakemore (photographer), Lizzie Burns (science artist), Beth Calverley (poet), Lindsey Cole (adventurer), Sarah Corbett (artist), Andy Council (street artist),
Amy Creech (creative arts therapist), John Crockford-Hawley (local historian), Adam Dant (artist), Jeremy Deller (artist), David Dimbleby (current affairs presenter), Stanley Donwood (artist), Dionne Draper (singer), Rose Flint (writer), Patrick Gale (author), Antony Gormley (artist), Dr Phil Hammond (medic and broadcaster), Sarah Hickson (photographer), Vic Hole (dancer), Ana Jaks (illustrator), Luke Jerram (artist), Jo Lamb (artist), Alan Lightman (physicist and writer), Manoj Malde (garden designer), Judy Marshall (artist), Wayne McGregor (choreographer), Liz Milner (photographer), Johnathan Montelongo (graphic designer), Fraser Muggeridge (artist), Martin Parr (photographer), Susie Parr (writer), Elizabeth Purnell (musician), Mark Ravenhill (playwright), Katherine Riegel (poet), Stewy (street artist), Ruth Sidgwick (artist), Kev F Sutherland (comic artist), The Supermares (swimmers), Dougal Templeton (publisher), Joe Townsend (musician), Alison Williams (DJ), Phil Whiting (artist), Kalpna Woolf (food writer)
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