Callington Road Hospital: Participatory Arts Programme

Tree collage created by older adult service users taking part in workshops led by Siobhan McElroy. Arts at Callington Road. Photo by Paul Highnam. This participatory arts project for mental health service users at Callington Road Hospital, Bristol was developed by Willis Newson for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). It involved artist residencies, the creation of permanent artworks for the site and a showcase event.

We also developed a model to allow ongoing, sustainable arts activities to take place across the wards after the end of the project. 

Resident artists led a series of sequential workshops for adults and older adults within the hospital. The final commissioned artworks included a booklet of poems, a CD and a series of vibrant felt collages now on permanent display.

An evaluation of the project was carried out by researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE) working with Willis Newson. Find out more about the evaluation on the UWE site.

Download a case study for this project.



“The arts can play an important part in creating a healing environment and, for us, involving service users and carers in the development of the arts strategy and the arts commissions was a vital part of that process.”

Dr Susan Connor
Medical Director - AWP