School students’ art set to brighten up the Lister’s new emergency department

Artwork produced by young people from Stevenage’s John Henry Newman Catholic School is now displayed proudly throughout the Lister’s new emergency department, the penultimate phase of which – the children’s emergency service – opens to patients for the first time on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

The Trust has been working with the school – which specialises in the arts – for some 18 months on the project. During this period, a whole term of curriculum time for a range of year groups has been devoted to producing quality artwork to help the Trust emphasise one of its key themes – namely being part of the local community.

John Henry Newman schoolchildren in front of artwork mural

The Trust’s head of engagement, David Brewer, said:

“Over the last few years, we’ve worked hard to build relationships with a wide range of community  groups and organisations, especially schools. This project with John Henry Newman Catholic School  has been particularly exciting as not only has it allowed these young people to understand more  about the Lister hospital and the work of its staff, we now have their artwork on display for everyone  to see.

“This project has been a great example of our award-winning approach to youth engagement that has  seen young people contribute their ideas and perspectives to hospital projects.”