winnicott light boxes
A user lead project that delivered three lightboxes for the corridor at The Winnicott Centre - the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Manchester Children's Hospital - as part of a comprehensive programme of improvement and revitalisation of the waiting and treatment areas of the building.
The project was commissioned by Lime art and lead by its director, Dawn Prescott. Central to the scheme was detailed consultation and engagement with staff and service users. Workshops were run by Sarah Whitfield. Colours, textures and themes taken from the designs participants created were scanned, reformatted and printed onto lightbox film.
Lightboxes took visual cues from the building itself. They are a completely custom design which provide a cohesive framework within which to display participants' work to greatest effect. Beautifully assembled and finished in our workshop, the frames were CNC cut from birch ply at The Making Rooms in Blackburn. The corridor is narrow and we were able to keep the light boxes thin by using a specialist diffuser film that is able to evenly spread out light at exceptionally close range.
The scheme has been very received by both staff and service users who are able to see the direct contribution they have made to the artworks. The units have become an itegral part of the daily life of the centre.