De Sausmarez Ward Mural

There has been an initiative to upgrade the De Sausmarez Ward as it is in the older part of the hospital and was in need of modernising. The staff liked the mural that I had created on the Roustel Ward and approached me for something similar.

After some discussion about the theme, we felt it apt to do a “walkabout” of Saumarez Park as there was a strong connection there to the Ward’s name. It was decided to go for a more painterly style, so I set up creating many large scale paintings (about 1/5th scale).

De Sausmarez Ward is an orthopaedic ward with patents recovering from many procedures including elective hip, knee or shoulder surgery. They also care for people with spinal and traumatic bone injuries, therefore some patients might spend long periods of time in bed post-surgery.

When upgrading the space, the patients needs was of upmost importance, bringing the outside in to the Ward, linking to nature and Guernsey and creating a calm, less sterile environment.

It was decided that the artwork was also be used as a tool for physio therapy, offering points of references to aim to walk to. It should also be able to be used as a way to encourage reminiscing, especially for those suffering with dementia.

For the practicality and scale of the job, I designed and painted the artwork off site in my studio. Then I got them photographed in large format with the help of professional photographer Aaron Yeadle. I then stitched, resized in Adobe Photoshop and then got them printed on large format vinyl and installed by Dowding Signs.

The ward also got a lick of paint and a new colour sky blue scheme, complimenting the palette in the paintings.

The original paintings are now framed and on display in the PEH in the corridor on Level 2.

I was very happy with the outcome and the total upgrade complimented my murals perfectly. Feedback from the nurses has been very positive and the whole experience has offered something uplifting, familiar and less clinical.

James Colmer