Picture perfect way to brighten Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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They are more likely to be found brightening up a classroom display or taking pride of place on the family fridge.

But now drawings, paintings and pictures by children will grace the corridors of the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.

Visitors admire artwork on display in Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Visitors admire artwork on display in Sheffield Children's Hospital.

A new exhibition made up of artwork from youngsters stemming back more than a century is aiming to improve the environment for patients, families and staff.

The collection has been loaned from its usual home at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until next year as part of the hospital charity’s Artfelt project.

Everything from landscapes to animal portraits as seen through the eyes of a child make up the Long Gallery’s offering.

Each work has been produced by an under 16 in the past 150 years.

David Vernon-Edwards, director of the Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Our surroundings have a powerful effect on how we feel.

“That’s especially important in hospital where the environment can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff.

“The artwork radiates energy, and captures a child’s perspective including the way they see, feel, tell stories and discover.”

Tony Chislom, education advisor for the National Arts Education Archive, visited the hospital for the grand unveiling of the work.

Working on the premise that art can help make the hospital environment a better place for everyone who walks through the door, the Artfelt project celebrated its first birthday earlier this year.

Patients are also given the chance to produce their own artwork in the regular creative workshops – regardless of how long their hospital stay is.

Part of the collection features paintings and prints by children in Professor Franz Cizek’s Juvenile Art Classes in Vienna during the 1920s.

Artfelt manager Cat Powell said: “This is a wonderful display created by children, for children. We are very grateful to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the loan and invite everyone to visit the hospital to have a look.

“This colourful display is already helping everyone who walks past feel very positive and energised.”

The exhibition finishes at the end of March.