Opening: 28 June 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Hours: 29 June – 19 July, 9:00 – 4:00pm
Waterfront Gallery, University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, IP4 1QJ
Artists: Carl Rowe, Nancy Milner, Rebecca Byrne, Nick Knight, Tal Rosner, Tim A Shaw
In June 2019, Hospital Rooms will celebrate the completion of its first project outside London with an exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery
in Ipswich. This show will present the rare opportunity to see the artwork created for Woodlands, a mental health unit that is part of
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Service users and staff at Woodlands invited us to work with them to transform spaces within
the unit. These included:
• 136 Suite – a place of safety for people detained by the police following concerns that they are suffering from a mental disorder
• Mental Health Act Tribunal Room – which is used for hearings where a panel makes important decisions about a service user’s
• 3 adult acute mental health review rooms – where care plans and progress are discussed by service users, carers, staff and
community teams (Lark, Poppy, Avocet Wards)
• A communal area for service users with dementia and their carers (Willows Ward)
Artists worked with the unit community through a series of gatherings and art workshops to create high quality artworks that could
instil feelings of dignity and control in service users. Nick Knight shared work from his renowned body of photographs ‘Flora’, Rebecca
Byrne was inspired by the local Shingle Street Beach for her large scale painting in the 136 Suite, and Carl Rowe’s work transmits the
message ‘Have Strength Find Peace’ to service users during tribunals.
The Woodlands unit provides acute inpatient mental health services, based within the Ipswich Hospital site. It incorporates a Psychiatric
Intensive Care Unit – Lark Ward; two acute mental health wards – Poppy and Avocet; and an older people’s mental health ward, Willows.
These wards collectively provide care for people with a range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis,
schizophrenia, personality disorders and dementia.