Rose McDonald recently responded to a call out for artists from the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Team, and the team felt that she sounded like the perfect person to paint a mural in the new Paediatric Phlebotomy area in Barry Hospital.

Rose is a recent Fine Art Graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and now plans to undertake a Masters in Art Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales. Rose works with acrylic paints, exploring the movement and scale of landscapes, particularly the coast. This is inspired by her hometown of Porthcawl where she has lived all of her life.  Rose strives to provide beauty and happiness through her paintings for others to enjoy and appreciate. She has always had a passion for art and health and considers her art work to be her own therapy. Rose jumped at the chance to create a mural in Barry Hospital with the intention of giving the patients and staff an uplifting experience.

The brief for this art project was to create a beach scene with lots of colour and interest to distract any children having treatment in the phlebotomy room.  Rose based her picture on Barry Island, and the team thinks you will agree Rose has absolutely fulfilled the suggested brief.  Whilst Rose was at Barry Hospital, she also painted a new sign for the Children’s Area with jungle animals, and the feedback she had from patients, staff and visitors to Barry Hospital has been absolutely fantastic and it’s created a really positive buzz and discussion point.  This further highlights the importance of art in hospitals.

During her time at Barry Hospital, Rose was visited by Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB, who was absolutely delighted by the difference this art as made to the children’s area, creating a fun, friendly and welcoming environment for children and their families whilst visiting this much needed service in Barry.

The new Paediatric Phlebotomy room is part of a wider project funded by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity to improve the ‘first impression’ of all those visiting or working at Barry Hospital, and is the first of many exciting art projects planned for the coming year.

The team would like to thank Rose very much for agreeing to work with us, and look forward to future projects!

This project helps the Health Board to fulfil its responsibilities towards the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act: “A Wales of vibrant culture”.

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