‘Outside In’ participatory art project at Willen Hospice

Over the past few weeks I have been working with Ulka Karandikar at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes to create a large three-part mural. I worked directly onto a temporary wall inside the hospice, which is up for the duration of the building work for the ‘Outside In’ building extension project.

The images for the drawings in the mural took inspiration from the ‘Outside In’ theme, and have used nature scenes from Willen Lake and the gardens in the hospice. Three panels were done in total: a scene of the lake, a scene of a path leading into some trees, and an image of flowers from the garden.

Today we invited visitors and staff to colour in the mural, leaving crayons for anyone passing by to get involved. It was brilliant fun to do from start to finish – from drawing the mural, to meeting the wonderful staff and visitors while I was drawing, and seeing everyone enjoying colouring on the walls once it was finished.

Photographs are yet to come, but in the meantime here are some images of the mural in progress:

The corridor before starting the mural

The first panel before starting

The first panel in progress

The first panel finished (the Willen goats are there on the island!)

The second panel before starting

The second panel in progress

The second panel finished

The third panel before starting

The third panel in progress

The third panel finished

The completed corridor

The completed corridor from the opposite end

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