These are the hands...

Residency - Oxford University Hospitals Trust


This is a photographic (primarily) project which (via Residency) sets out to involve and engage patients and staff in an arts project. The proposal is to undertake a photographic study of hospital staff focussing on hands. The project will engage with staff from all aspects of hospital life and aims to reflect their myriad roles in supporting and helping patients. Michael Rosen wrote a poem called ‘These are the Hands’ which co-inspires the nature of cradle to grave in terms of care.

I am interested in linking the staff role with their hands as a sort of puzzle/book form. Who’s hands do what? Can we tell? What is the connection between hands and job/skill? I’d like to get viewers to connect the idea of carers in all their perspectives with an aspect of the tools of the trade. Ideally the people will be a cross-section from office to surgery, from admin to application across the hospital, plus one/two patients.

The final art will be in the form of:

  • Three sets of images for three hospitals – the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals in Oxford and the Horton hospital in Banbury.
  • Possible digital books
  • Website with possible interaction

Any comments on this project please Contact me.


This project will culminate in final installation of Artworks for exhibition and permanent display in 2015. 


Status: Work in progress
Year: 2014 to 2015
Website: These are the Hands