The Harbour hospital gets bright new mural thanks to Art and Design students from Blackpool and The Fylde College

Published on 07/05/2019 by nmoo

Patients at The Harbour mental health hospital in Blackpool can now enjoy a colourful mural depicting local scenes and images thanks to the efforts of a group of students from Blackpool and The Fylde College.

The students carried out the project as part of their studies on the year-long Foundation in Art and Design course at the college, which aims to teach them a broad range of art and design skills and techniques.

A close working relationship has been built up between the college and The Harbour to provide students with valuable work experience whilst also preparing them for degree-level education and future employment in the art and design sector.

The brief was to create a painted scene that would feature in the outside space of the Wordsworth ward, which specialises in the care of older people. It was felt that the mural would contribute to their comfort by incorporating well known scenes from around Lancashire with which they are likely to be familiar. 

Under the title of ‘Landmarks of Lancashire’ the mural is made up of a series of panels each containing a different local scene. These range from views of Blackpool promenade, the Fleetwood ferry, Eric Morecambe’s statue, and the Ashworth Memorial in Lancaster, to the county emblem of the red rose of Lancashire 

One double panel painted by Joseph Short and Emma Roberts, both from Blackpool, featured images of Lancaster Castle, a Lancaster Bomber, and the famous spire of St Walburge’s church in Preston.

Tracey Eastham, a senior tutor in the School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “The students did an amazing job in capturing so many of the features and landmarks of Lancashire that I am sure will help to bring back pleasant memories for the older patients being cared for at The Harbour.

“I am delighted with the commitment that our students have shown in undertaking this project and their determination to create something lasting that will help to add to the comfort of services users at the hospital.”

Blackpool and The Fylde College runs a full range of art and design courses and more information can be found at www.blackpool.ac.uk.