Southmead Hospital Cotswold Clinic Courtyard Page 3 of 4

Stainless steel, acrylic, aluminium

100m2

Pete Moorhouse has worked over the past year re-designing and renovating a courtyard in Cotswold Clinic, Southmead Hospital. Pete involved several schools in the project to create artworks for the new courtyard.

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Pete Moorhouse has worked over the past year re-designing and renovating a courtyard in Cotswold Clinic, Southmead Hospital. The previous courtyard was in desperate need of a makeover being unsafe and in a state of disrepair. The new landscaping was designed by Pete Moorhouse and works were carried out by Secret Garden.

 Pete involved several schools in the project to create artworks for the new courtyard. Pete worked with over 150 pupils, by providing workshops to gather designs for the various artworks. The schools involved were Ashley Down Primary School, Colstons Girls School, Hanham High School, Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre and The Orchard School.

 “I was very keen to create a space that would be uplifting and relaxing for patients. I was keen that there be a variety of different artworks – hopefully something for everyone to enjoy. I wanted to create a space that would transport us to another place, transcending the everyday, a distraction from pressing concerns and worries –even if only for a moment. I was very keen to involve pupils in the project giving them an opportunity to contribute in meaningful way. I was very impressing by their design ideas and also by their sensitivity and concern to make the artworks calm, elevating and engaging for patients.” Pete Moorhouse

 Ms Peedoly, Ashley Down Primary School writes:  I’ve shown the children the photos of their work installed in the courtyard. There was a big “whooooooooooaaa!” when they saw the “after” photos!  The children really enjoyed being involved in the project because it was fun and they liked being able to change their minds about their evolving designs. They also said it gave them a nice feeling knowing that they are making a contribution and that it would be appreciated by patients and staff. They liked the idea that they were improving a dull place using ideas that they had developed.-  

 Pete Moorhouse is a professional sculptor and artist educator. He exhibits work nationally and has work in several collections both in the UK and overseas. He has previously created work for NBT creating a landmark sculpture for Frenchay Hospital and worked with children to create a wooden wall panel for Southmead Hospital. Pete is currently exhibiting several sculptures at Berwick Lodge in Bristol and is working on several commissions including a sculpture for Brandon Hill Park, Bristol.