Kicking Up Our Heels, created by Brian Lobel and Emily Underwood-Lee

Lobel, Brian and Underwood-Lee, Emily (2020) Kicking Up Our Heels, created by Brian Lobel and Emily Underwood-Lee. [Artefact]

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Artists Emily Underwood-Lee, Brian Lobel and Emily Speed worked with parents at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and GOSH Arts to consider the importance of finding space for yourself when you’re a parent or a carer of a child in hospital. Brian and Emily Underwood-Lee staged performances at the bedside for parents across the wards and asking where they go, and what they do to look after themselves when they are at GOSH. Emily Speed used the information gathered from parents to make a collection of artworks which aim to support parents to care better for themselves when they are in the hospital. Outcomes: Performances with 100 parents, carers and children at GOSH. A permanent artwork/s situated in the wards at GOSH. A resource that will be available for all parents at the hospital. A publication exploring the research findings. A project report. Impact: The project engaged with families and staff at GOSH, comprising of a diverse group who cross cultures, abilities, genders and ages. The performative participatory sessions engaged specifically with parents and carers - through participating in sessions and experiencing the artwork they were informally empowered to think about self-care and speak with each other about it. GOSH has an average yearly footfall of over 300,000 which includes children, their families, support staff, medical staff, administrators, and others who will have an opportunity to engage with the public artwork. We hope the conversations generated by the project will inform decisions made in the hospital over the coming years including around the redevelopment of the GOSH island site and through research projects and delivery agendas which will improve the lives of GOSH families.

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Depositing User: Professor Brian Lobel
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2020 11:48
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2020 11:48

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