Artwork by Waterhead Academy students goes on display at The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Artwork by Waterhead Academy students goes on display at The Royal Oldham Hospital
23 February 2017

A group of Year 11 GCSE Art Students from Waterhead Academy in Oldham have created a fantastic piece of artwork to brighten up the main corridor at The Royal Oldham Hospital. 

The students aged 15 – 16 years of age took part in a series of workshops with artist Rob Vale to create “Cephalopod” - a huge series of circular sections cropped from drawings and paintings they had created in advance.  

In pairs, the students digitally created individual tentacles, bringing all of the many elements together in single octopus form.  The image was designed specifically for the corridor space  at the hospital in which it will be permanently displayed, as an artwork that would flow down the space, inviting visitors to explore its detail and the hospital beyond.  

Students undertook all stages of the design process inclusive of working to an initial brief, combining a range of freehand drawings, along with ICT graphical designs through to visiting their completed work at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

Career Lead, Neil Wilson at Waterhead Academy said: “The students have been working on the “Cephalopod” mural over the last five months.  It has provided a vocational focus as part of their Art GCSE course work.  Students worked as part of a design team to produce a project for a ‘real’ client and we are very pleased that our Waterhead Academy students have been able to show their creative work at the hospital. I would like to express my thanks to the trust for providing our students with this fantastic opportunity and we look forward to working collaboratively in the future.”

Julia Duxbury, Art Teacher at Waterhead Academy, added: “The students gained a valuable insight into their preferred career pathway and were motivated to produce a display that would help to make any time spent at the hospital by members of the local and wider communities a much more pleasant experience.

"This has been a fantastic example of a collaborative project between the Trust and local Academy" said Rob Vale.  "The students were really interested in creating something to be shown beyond the walls of the school, and worked hard to take their artwork into a different direction through digital means."

Angela Greenwood, Membership & Engagement Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, said: “It has been wonderful to work with teachers Neil Wilson and Julia Duxbury, Rob Vale and the Waterhead Academy students on this project.  The project is a great use of art and the students’ talents to produce a stunning piece of artwork for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy”.