Touch A Flower, Talk to Me

“What a beautiful exhibition of joy, colour, memories and history...it expresses so much of the joy and warmth that so many people feel towards Rookwood and the recordings transport you there. Looking at the flowers doesn’t make you think you’re in a hospital and the fact that you can actually touch and interact ...it was an important process for many with beautiful, memorable outcomes” – Visitor, Plaza

Funded by the Arts programme within Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, TOUCH A FLOWER, TALK TO ME involved 77 participants including patients of Specialist Neuro Rehabilitation Unit (ward 7) Rookwood Hospital, staff, members of Sunrise Senior Living crafts group and 28 Year 6 pupils from Peter Lea Primary School. 

After a consultation period, in which I finalised my ideas, I led 8 one-hour workshops at Rookwood Hospital and 4 two-hour sessions in school followed by 4 weeks in July and August constructing the wallhanging and interactive display which included sound edits and transcriptions.  

The project was commissioned to capture the essence of Rookwood Hospital via memories to support the transition of services from Rookwood to University Hospital Llandough.  It contained informal interviews to discover what makes Rookwood a special place to work.