Photography student exhibition brightens up Bedford Hospital

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University of Bedfordshire photography project Bedford Hospital
Image: University of Bedfordshire

Students from the University of Bedfordshire have unveiled a new photography exhibit at Bedford Hospital, aiming to create warm and inviting spaces for patients and staff.

In collaboration with the Take heART project, nature-inspired images created by the Photography students are now on display on the walls of the Imaging Departments at Bedford Hospital.

Various studies have found that looking at nature can help enhance people’s sense of well-being.

Through this exhibition, called ‘The Art of Nature’ by hospital staff, the students hope that their uplifting visuals will have a positive impact on the lives and happiness of staff, patients and other visitors.

Olivia Prisecaru, one of the students involved in the project, said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this project. It was an exciting and rewarding experience and I have learned a lot from it.

“I am confident that the skills and knowledge that I gained from this experience will help me to be successful in future projects.”

Take heART was formed in July 2021 by a group of like-minded hospital staff members who are all passionate about increasing arts accessibility for people who visit and work in hospital settings.

Speaking about this new collaboration with Bedfordshire students, Dr Rachel Chater, Principal Clinical Psychologist and take heART founding member, said: “As a founding member of take heART, it has been a pleasure to collaborate with the University of Bedfordshire.

“We are keen to develop links with local communities and have worked with the University photography students to support the hospitals’ imaging departments.

“In consultation with staff, the students have produced a wonderful exhibition of the natural world. ‘The Art of Nature’ installation aims to enhance the well-being of staff, patients and visitors, offering a moment of calm in what is often a busy environment. A chance to pause and take in the wonders of our natural world.”

Lynda Linbourne, Imaging Operational Manager at Bedford Hospital, added: “Thank you to the University of Bedfordshire and take heART for the beautiful artwork. The whole team are talking about it and it’s created a real ‘buzz’ around the department.”

A sister exhibition is also on display at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.