Art and Design students' mural brightens up Enfield children's clinic

Date: 10 March 2017

Cedar house mural

Children, parents and staff attended the unveiling of a bright and creative mural at Cedar House, St Michael’s in Enfield on 8 March. The mural was painted by art and design students from Barnet and Southgate.

The team at Cedar House had received some funding which allowed them to refurbish the clinic to make it more child friendly and they approached the College's Art Department to carry out the work.

Barnet and Southgate College student Hollie Derwick, aged 18 and studying on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, was involved in painting the mural. Hollie, who is from Southgate said:

"We started working on the mural in February, it took just over a week and we all did two to three days, in shifts. We all had sections given to us to work on and for our section we were given the theme of getting the train to go to the beach, then we chose animals and their expressions to travel on the train, I painted the end of the mural at the beach.

“It was good fun to come in and paint and see the reaction of the kids they loved it, as the clinic appointments ran as usual while we painted. It's just great to do something for the community and get the experience of working in a professional environment."

BEH’s chief executive Maria Kane said: “The space has been transformed. It is a beautiful mural which is already brining joy to children, parents and staff.

It’s a wonderful example of partnership working in the community. We would love to do more of these sorts of projects as a creative environment and imaginative surroundings contribute to good patient care.”

The original idea for the project came from Enfield Health’s administrator manager Kim Duncan, who said:

"We are absolutely delighted with the art work produced by the students as part of the refurbishment of Cedar House in helping to create a more child friendly environment.  The feedback from staff, patients and visitors to the centre has been amazing".