Denise Clarke with her piece called One in a Million.

Student art work for hospital display

The work of nine Somerset College design students has been selected by Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital for display in a hospital corridor.

The nine Surface Design BA (Hons) students from Somerset College have produced art works inspired by a huge elephant picture in the hospital’s Queens Building.

The Hospital’s Art for Life Team also made a special award to second year student Denise Clarke for her piece called “One in a Million,” in which she produces maps made from household objects, mimicking the pattern of the elephant’s skin.

The works are based on the huge elephant picture located in the stairwell of the Queens Building, which was donated to the hospital by artist Nicky Coutts. The project aimed to build on the success of the elephant in providing a memorable and humorous landmark that helped people find their way around the hospital. 

The Somerset College students were asked to explore the humour and sensory qualities of this large scale work and to create new artworks that would be displayed, alongside the original. 

Art for Life Co-ordinator Bronwen Gwillim said “We were, as ever, completely overwhelmed by the quality of the artwork produced by the students.  They have shown originality, creativity and a real commitment to the brief we gave them.  The new display is wonderful and I hope patients and visitors take some time to go and see it.”

Art for Life is responsible for bringing high quality art, design, music and writing into the hospital to lift the spirits and help people feel better.  It puts on 6 exhibitions and 6 concerts each year and looks after a collection of over 350 artworks most of which have been donated or are on loan.