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 is in the form of:

  • A glass printed images for the Horton hospital in Banbury.
  • Video showing a selection of the hands photographed. Michael Rosen reads his own poem.

Any comments on this project please Contact me

Status: Installed Horton Hospital Oxford
Year: 2014 to 2016
Website: n/a