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Student designs to benefit patients

Patients using lifts in part of Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, will soon find their surroundings extremely pleasing on the eye – thanks to the work of four college students.

The BA (Hons) students at Somerset College, Taunton, won a recent competition brief to design interiors for four patient lifts in the hospital’s Queen’s and Duchess buildings.

The ‘Uplift’ commission invited students to create designs to benefit people in wheelchairs, beds or on foot, and also be fresh and uplifting to counteract the lifts’ harsh lighting and hard surfaces.

Students on the BA (Hons) Interior Textiles and Surface Design course produced inspiring designs and the winning four will see their work printed onto durable vinyl on the lift walls and ceilings, later in the year.

“We know that patients really notice the art and design work in the hospital and it makes a big difference to them,” said Bronwen Gwillim, Co-ordinator of the Art for Life programme at Musgrove Park Hospital, when she announced the winning designs.

Art for Life aims to enhance the experience of people spending time in the hospital and this is the eighteenth project Somerset College students have worked on.

“It’s fantastic to be able to work on a live commission that has a real impact on people’s lives,” said Imelda Hughes, Head of university courses in Textiles, Fashion and Design at Somerset College, Taunton.

The overall £100 prize winner was Emily Shepherd, and other winning students were Hilary O’Dwyer, Mia Devereux and Karly Rosser. All will be actively involved in the installation of their designs at the hospital.

Caption: Left to right, Imelda Hughes of Somerset College, Bronwen Gwillim of Musgrove Park Hospital, student prize winner Emily Shepherd, winning student Hilary O’Dwyer, Steven Power, Senior Project Manager at Musgrove and (kneeling) student winners Karly Rosser, left, and Mia Devereux.