Community links with the health sector are a strength of the school. A structured programme promotes teamwork and encourages students to become more responsible citizens by promoting cultural, social and spiritual diversity.
The Hospital Arts programme has contributed to the raising of standards in teaching and learning in Art and Design by expanding the range of learning experiences for students by working with professional artists and artists in residence. Local hospitals exhibit our students' work and several high profile collaborative projects with the Univeristy Hospital South Manchester and the charity LIME have seen students work with patients and health workers, exploring the use of art as therapy.
'A Moveable Feast' - Animation project on Pearce Ward
Community Arts Coordinator, Mrs Taylor and talented KS5 student, Meg Houghton Gilmour worked with patients on Pearce Ward at Wythenshawe Hospital over three afternoons in October to produce a simple animated recipe. The project was organised in conjunction with Helen Kitchen from Lime, one of Sale Grammar School's Trust Partners.
Pearce Ward is a recently refurbished and specially designed unit for inpatient Cystic Fibrosis patients. All patients are cared for in separate single rooms. You may notice that the tray, plate and cutlery appear in every shot on the animation, this was to overcome the problem of continuity when we moved rooms to work with different patients.
Patients worked as animators on the stop motion film, painstakingly moving the plasticine fruit and magnetic letters for each section of the recipe. Meg, a budding animator, was hard at work behind the camera. I think it is fair to say that the sessions were a welcome break in patients' treatment programmes. It was fantastic to see enthusiastic staff on the ward getting involved by modelling fruit for the recipe. I was very impressed with the creativity of everyone that was involved. It seems that plasticine is irresistible to all age groups!
SGS Explorers - Hydrotherapy Arts Project
Gifted and Talented Sale Grammar School students in Year 9 and 10 were commissioned by Lime, one of our Trust partners, to produce art work for the Hydrotherapy Arts Project at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
The Therapy and Dietetic Department was in the process of being refurbished by Lime artists. The overall theme was based around the idea of journeys and sea voyages to reflect both the funding from Thomas Cook children's charity and the hydrotherapy area within the unit.
Lime took inspiration from Thomas Cook's round the world tours and aimed ‘to create a sense of journey of discovery and wonder for everyone who visits and works in the Therapy and Dietetic Department'. The theme runs throughout the unit and art work was especially created for corridors and changing areas to treatment rooms and the pool.
Each explorer was mounted on top of a map inside the box frames. The students also produced an account of the journey that their individual explorer was taking. The resulting accounts are humorous and imaginative.
The students' work is absolutely outstanding and sits very comfortably with the commissioned pieces by artists Helen Kitchen, Brian Chapman, Rob Vale and Dawn Prescott. The project has afforded students the unique opportunity of a live commission and has made a significant contribution to our local community.
It is now a bright, fun and interactive environment for all users of the unit - from patients to staff.