Artists commissioned to brighten up Coventry health centres

To mark World Mental Health Day, four health centres in Coventry have been brightened up with new artwork.

Pictured from left: Nicole Malatesta from Coventry City of Culture Trust; artist Lauren Mclardy; and Vicki Ridgway from Arden Estate Partnerships.

The link between art and wellbeing has been recognised in a series of new commissions at health centres across Coventry to mark World Mental Health Day.

Arden Estates Partnerships, which manages four health centres across the city, commissioned four artists and art groups to brighten up their centres on behalf of the patients and the staff.

The work was unveiled on World Mental Health Day at the Keresley Green Medical Centre; the Longford Primary Care Centre; City of Coventry Health Centre; and Clay Lane Health Centre.

Each artist developed their work using Moving Blue paint, a special colour recreated in the build-up to Coventry’s year as City of Culture in 2021 which pays homage to city’s medieval weaving trade.

Artist Andy Farr created a piece at Keresley Green Medical Centre, inspired by the memories of local people he had gotten in contact with, which includes links to the old colliery and the band The Special.

Organisation Arty Folks conducted research into what makes Longford unique and created four panels reflecting the area to brighten up the entrance of the Longford Primary Care Centre.

Pictured: Four panels created by organisation Arty Folks at the entrance of the Longford Primary Care Centre in Coventry.

Michael Batchelor opted to create a large-scale piece to express the history of transport and movement in Coventry – from running and riding horses through to the invention of the jet engine – for his piece at the City of Coventry Health Centre.

The final piece at the Clay Lane Health Centre was created by Lauren Mclardy and takes inspiration from Coventrians.

Her work is made up of hand-drawn illustrations using different shades of blue as well as a hint of orange for contrast.

Lauren said she had enjoyed “understanding the community, embedding some culture and promoting wellbeing” at the Health Centre, adding that she hoped the work “brings some joy and starts a conservation within the community.”

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director at Coventry City of Culture Trust, praised art as a “great way to bring attention to mental health and wellbeing.”

She continued: “It is great to see the reveal of these four new artworks, which give us more reasons to have important conversations that raise awareness about the state of our mental health.”