GOSH Arts is the arts programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), we commission site specific artwork for the hospital and run an arts participatory programme which brings culture into the hospital every day for children, families and staff to engage with and enjoy.
The holistic environment we create through art interventions can help alleviate boredom, create interesting distractions for children and have a positive impact on both the physical and mental health of our families and staff.
This year our art form focus has been theatre! We have hosted performances by Oily Cart, Box Tail Soup and Root Experience and invited Theatre Rites and Peut-Être Theatre to undertake creative research projects in the hospital.
Peut-Être Theatre’s creative research project saw them taking over part of the hospital’s cafeteria for three weeks to develop their new show Tidy Up alongside families and staff at GOSH. Alongside meetings with clinicians, each day of their residency the Peut-Être Theatre creative team ran a workshop with children. The movements, sounds and ideas that came from these then directly fed into the choreography of the pieces. Tidy Up celebrates GOSH patients’ creativity, and in many cases their personalities!
Tidy Up was premiered at GOSH during Family Arts Week 2017 and will be touring though arts centre in spring 2018 and in children’s hospitals in autumn 2018. More information can be found at www.peutetretheatre.co.uk/tours/
To find out more about GOSH Arts follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GOSH_Arts or visit our website www.gosh.nhs.uk/parents-and-visitors/gosh-arts
If you are looking ways to support the GOSH charity this Christmas please take a look at the attached PDF for different Christmas card and gift ideas:
GOSH Arts receives funding from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, as part of the charity’s commitment to provide support services for children cared for at GOSH, and their families too.