Elizabeth Cox, one of the hospital's ArtCart volunteers has been working with budding young artists in Outpatients to create new artwork for the Family Information Centre.
Using photography and drawing, Elizabeth spent valuable time with dozens of children and young people to produce three different pieces of art based around the themes of happiness, fun and being active.
Taking their minds off being in hospital, Elizabeth - who has been a volunteer here for two years - spent time talking to the youngsters encouraging them with their drawings and talking about their interests, as well as teaching them how to use the camera.
The first of the two landscape pieces involved drawing happy faces, their own and those of their family and friends. For the second piece they were asked to draw images of people doing their favourite activities and sports, which ranged from football to roller skating. The drawings were all done with black pens and then cut out and placed onto a printed background.
For the third piece of artwork, the digital camera was given to those who took part to photograph images of objects in Outpatients that interested them. They also set up their own scenes using toys, which they photographed.
The artwork is now displayed on the walls of Birmingham Children's Hospital's Family Information Centre.
Pictured with one of the pieces of artwork is volunteer Elizabeth Cox.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).