Arts-based research project focuses on children in hospital

CADLab at Newman University Birmingham has launched ‘RocketArts’, a 3-year arts-based research project for sick and injured children in hospital in partnership with J. Brindley Schools and NHS Trust.

RocketArts aims to explore the uses of innovative combinations of arts (bedside toy theatre, participatory storytelling and visual arts installation) with digital technology in making a difference in children’s education when they are in hospital. More specifically, RocketArts examines how the arts with technology could encourage long-stay children/patients to engage with continuous learning (Literacy KS1 and KS2) and improve their emotional and social wellbeing during treatment and through their transition back to school. RocketArts takes place bedside on the wards of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The project is funded by BBC Children in Need, The Lottery Community Fund, The Grimmitt Trust and the W. A. Cadbury Trust.

Further information can be found here or contact Dr Persephone Sextou at

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