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30th January 2015

Artist Peter Massey reflects on his time working with our patients


As part of the Imagine, arts and older people’s programme, patients at Nottinghamshire Hospice were involved in the selection of artist, Peter Massey to help them create a permanent piece of artwork for the hospice.

In the article below artist Peter Massey reflects on his time working with Nottinghamshire Hospice patients in 2014.

During early October 2014 we were privileged to be invited to work with Nottinghamshire Hospice and City Arts to create artworks to be sited within the hospice’s newly landscaped garden.

After looking through our portfolio of possible projects, patients chose to fabricate their artworks from mosaic tiles. This highly tactile material lends itself to a wide variety of applications and styles.

You wouldn’t believe it from the photos, but we actually used cistern ballcocks as the spheres onto which patients stuck the colourful glass mosaic nuggets. Jars and trays of brightly coloured pieces transformed the area around the art table into an artistic sweet shop for adults. The beauty of using mosaic tiles is that they are easy to handle and do not require any cutting which made them perfect for this project. Each patient chose their own personal colour pallet from the translucent, iridescent and opaque materials. These were then fixed to the spheres using waterproof glue.


Staff and volunteers joined in the creative sessions, resulting in some wonderfully inspiring team-working. We were very busy indeed… the three days of workshops produced twenty one spheres and two wall panels!

We took all the pieces away and we then grouted them at our Derbyshire studio before being returned for installation. When you next visit the hospice perhaps for the Summer Fair, look out for the rainbow and sunshine panels that are fixed to the internal walls of the summerhouse and take a walk through the garden to see the mosaic spheres are now proudly attached to galvanised steel stalks and mounted along the railway sleeper borders of the new raised beds near the dovecote.


The beauty of these ornaments is that they now add year round colour to the garden as they gently sway in the breeze. But what do they represent? Flowers, seed pods, fruits? Of course that’s entirely up to you…


Many thanks to everyone involved.

Peter Massey

Partner, Zantium studios

The programme Imagine is one of only four nationally to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. The 3-year project will use the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involving them in the wider community and supports residents to connect with people of all ages. The group, including care homes consists of The Abbeyfields Society as the lead organisation, City Arts and Nottingham’s arts organisations, Nottingham City Council and academic researchers from the University of Nottingham.