The 2013 Art for Life competition

The annual Art for Life competition recently took place within the Art and Design division of Somerset College with Natalie Turner, who is currently studying a BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design), being named as the winner.

The Art for Life competition, which is now in its seventh year, is run in collaboration with Musgrove Park Hospital’s Art for Life programme which aims to create the best possible environment for patients during their time at the hospital.

The programme was initially set up in 1993 and utilises pieces of Art and Design to provide a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment for all of the Hospital’s patients and to aid in their recovery.

As part of the competition, Somerset College’s students are required to produce artwork as part of a live project that is then donated and displayed within different hospital wards each year. 

Sixteen students, who are all working towards the BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design), took part in this year’s competition where they were required to create moving wallpaper as part of the live project. The work produced during the competition will now be displayed on plasma screens within the Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

The competition was attended and judged by Sir Michael Layard, Chair of the Art for Life Arts Committee and Lisa Harty, Art and Design Co-ordinator of the Art for Life programme.

Neil Musson, Interior Textiles and Surface Design Lecturer (pictured far right) explains “We are really proud to work in collaboration with the Art for Life programme at Musgrove Park Hospital for the seventh consecutive year. The live project competition is a great opportunity for our degree students to produce and showcase their fantastic pieces of work whilst also contributing to the positive environment for patients at Musgrove”.

Pictured is; Natalie Turner receiving her award from competition judges Sir Michael Layard and Lisa Harty.