Kids’ ward by the sea!

2311080 SSFF art wall 'display wall regarding art in the new build at Victoria Hospital - on display at Emporium, High Street, Kirkcaldy
2311080 SSFF art wall 'display wall regarding art in the new build at Victoria Hospital - on display at Emporium, High Street, Kirkcaldy
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YOUNG patients will feel like they are spending a day at the seaside when they stay in the new wing of Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.

The new children’s ward and outpatient department will feature artwork based on a sea-theme featuring mosaics, paintings and curtains around each bed to make each child feel like they are sleeping in a beach hut.

The project, being carried out by Artyzan - a group of students from Adam Smith College - has been in development for nearly two years and will see specific art work created for various parts of the new hospital.

It’s hoped phase one will be completed in time for the opening in February 2012.

An exhibition featuring artwork from the project was held in The Emporium at 181 High Street, Kirkcaldy last Thursday.

Fife themes

Project co-ordinator Karen Masters, artist and lecturer at the college, said the artwork will be based around two themes - the sea and local industry.

She said: “We wanted something to be part of Fife so for the main building we are including art looking at Fife’s contemporary and historical heritage.

‘‘The art work will feature ceramics, mosaics, sculptures and paintings. It will look at industries such as paper-making, mining and geology, fishing, linoleum, linen and agriculture.”

Children and water will be the main themes used in the paediatric ward and outpatient department.

Karen added: “At the entrance to paediatrics there will be a large sea-themed mosaic. Down the corridor to the ward there will be large paintings of children through the ages - we want to create an ambience of healing, not fear. We will feature artwork of the seaside including paintings of children sitting on beach chairs wearing plasters and patches - they will be at the seaside waiting for their appointments. ‘‘

Work to secure sponsorship for the project will be ongoing to fill the building with artwork over the next three phases.