Roxburghe House artwork provides a warm welcome

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A new statement piece of wall art has been unveiled at Roxburghe House in Dundee.

The specially-commissioned mural, located at the entrance area to Roxburghe House was developed in partnership between Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, The Northwood Charitable Trust and artist Suzanne Scott from Whimsical Lush.

The stunning bespoke art piece, which was created by Suzanne and generously funded by The Northwood Charitable Trust, will provide an attractive, warm welcome to patients, visitors and staff as they enter the building.

Joining staff and day care patients at the unveiling of the mural at Roxburghe House were Blair Thomson, Director of The Northwood Charitable Trust, Morag Neville from The Northwood Charitable Trust, artist Suzanne Scott and Iain Byrne from Phillips Lighting.

Inspiration for the mural was taken from Roxburghe House itself with the artwork representing particular aspects of the unit as well as capturing the amazing landscape of Dundee.

Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Clinical Coordinator for Specialist Palliative Care Services, Fiona Barnett, said, “On behalf of everyone at Roxburghe House I would like to thank Suzanne, The Northwood Charitable Trust, staff and patients who have all helped to make this amazing art project a reality.

“What started as a passing comment on what we could do to improve the entrance has, with hard work and enthusiasm and a great deal of creativity, culminated in this beautiful addition to our facility. This was a very successful collaboration and it was lovely that day care patients were also involved in the design.

“Our staff provide a vital specialist palliative care service to the people of Tayside, providing dedicated support to patients and their families at often very difficult times in their lives. Over the years Roxburghe House has developed strong links with the local and wider communities and I know that it is held in high regard by the public. I am delighted that we can now share this wonderful art piece with everyone who enters the unit.”

Murray Thomson, Trustee, The Northwood Charitable Trust, said, “The Northwood Charitable Trust is delighted that the Roxburghe House mural has been such a success and it’s wonderful to be part of something where Suzanne Scott has, once again, been able to work her magic!  We do hope that patients, visitors and staff of Roxburghe House will enjoy this piece of art for many years to come.”

After two years of hard work the mural is now finally complete and ready to be unveiled. The entrance area has been further enhanced with the installation of LED lights by Signify. These additional lights highlight the colours and design of the wall art to perfection.

Explaining about the inspiration for the mural, Suzanne Scott said, “Creating the mural for Roxburghe House has been such a pleasure and a huge honour.

“Patients and staff have been involved in the planning and will be able to spot their input in this collaborative piece that echoes the beautiful Balgay Park that lies just behind the grounds. Hidden amongst the trees you can find some well-loved Dundee characters as well as woodland creatures and a magical little house.

“This is my biggest hand painted mural to date and my first giant wooden diorama, it’s the perfect spot for it and I really hope that it will bring smiles to those who see it. I’d like to thank both the Northwood Charitable Trust and Roxburghe House for helping make it happen, also to Phillips Lighting for bringing it to life with some incredible lighting and finally my wee team for helping me when two hands most definitely were not enough!”

Roxburghe House is a purpose-built specialist palliative care unit in the grounds of Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee. The unit offers specialist palliative care to patients with cancer and other illnesses and is staffed by a dedicated multi professional team providing care in a supportive environment.

 

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