Y Bwthyn Macmillan Palliative Care Centre

Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Centre
We are working with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cwm Taf University Health Board, KKE Architects and garden designer Olivia Kirk to create a calming and restful environment for patients and staff at the new Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Centre which is due to open on the Royal Glamorgan Hospital site in 2019.

The arts programme is rooted in people and place. We have worked closely with staff and users of the new unit to:  
  • Create welcoming entrances, homely day spaces and peaceful quiet spaces for relaxation and reflection
  • Celebrate nature through colours and imagery
  • Connect people to places and things they hold dear, creating spaces which support the needs of patients, families and staff

The 6 artists commissions include:
Designs for Screens and Glazing
Artist Nicky Hirst has created designs for glazing across the unit and also for a series of metal screens that run around the building, providing privacy and shade for patients. 
Nicky Hirst Screens at Y Bwthyn
Feature Wall
Kate Bond has worked with patients and staff to design a welcoming and reassuring feature wall depicting the local landscape, which will run from the entrance, through the central spine of the building and into the Family Room. Kate’s designs are also being turned into beautiful cloth bags in which patient possessions will be returned to relatives.
Kate Bond Feature Wall at Y Bwthyn
History Wall
Locally-based Heather Parnell and David Mackie and poet Claire E Potter have worked with patients, staff and the wider community to research the history of Y Bwthyn. They are creating a history wall for the new unit, as well as booklet telling the story of Y Bwthyn.
Y Bwthyn History Wall
Inpatient Feature Walls
Partnering with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Surface Design Course, Surface Design student Anna Bruce has been commissioned to design work for the inpatient unit.
Anna Bruce Inpatient Feature Walls at Y Bwthyn
Photography for Patient Bedrooms
Welsh photographer Gemma Bartlett is creating a portfolio of new photography of South Wales. Each patient bedroom will have a case of 20 photographs from which patients or relatives can select pictures to be displayed on bespoke picture shelves. We are also producing a book of the full portfolio, including quotes from patients, which will be available in all bedrooms as well as in the Day Unit.
   Gemma Bartlett Photography for Patient Bedrooms at Y Bwthyn   Gemma Bartlett Photography for Patient Bedrooms at Y Bwthyn
Day Room Display Units
Welsh furniture maker Rob Barnby, of Barnby Design is creating a bespoke display area for patients to exhibit artwork they have made in the unit.


The facade is an efficient modern skin over the top of the existing structure, made of powder-coated aluminium and glass which will be easy to keep clean.