Linda Schwab

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Oakwood Unit

Themed wall and door artworks integrated into the refurbished Oakwood Unit for elderly patients, many of whom are living with dementia. Wall and door graphics were developed using site-specific, archival and found imagery. Punctuating spaces to invite connection and ‘visits,’ they have proved successful in provoking interaction amongst patients, staff and visitors.

“The artworks really encourage conversation. Patients and visitors instantly identify with them. They chat about places they remember, fashions they used to wear, memories that the pictures spark. The ward is a calmer place. When I see people in the corridors, they are enjoying themselves rather than feeling anxious and lost.”
— Cathy Mills

A Willis Newson APPLIED project
http://www.willisnewson.co.uk/oakwood-unit-reading.html