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Makeover for Alton Community Hospital

Posted on: July 23rd 2019

Mural headOn July 17th, four gifted Year 9 Amery Hill Art students - Eleanor Ford, Isobel Goldie, Edward Maton and Beatrice Vickery - took on the challenge of painting a mural to brighten the canteen at Alton Community Hospital. This was a joint venture between Amery Hill School and Age Concern - a charity that promotes the wellbeing of patients at the hospital.

The patients had requested a seaside scene, and so the four artists set to work with art teacher Ms. Miller to design a bright, evocative scene to suit the canteen space - before working non-stop through the day (TV home makeover style!) to complete the project. 

Ms. Miller was extremely proud of the artwork that the students produced, especially as they only had 6.5 hours to complete the challenge. They worked well as a team and supported each other throughout the day.

Talking about the mural, Sarah Westbrook, Age Concern’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the hospital commented, “The students were wonderful and so professional when putting this piece of art together. It will give great pleasure to the patients of Anstey Ward and will definitely be a conversation starter among patients and staff.”

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