9 January 2020

Artwork created by patients with hearing impairments unveiled

Three pieces of artwork representing music created by people with hearing impairments have been unveiled at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The pieces are on display in the Audiology and Ear Nose and Throat departments, where a celebration event was held as the culmination of a special project in which people with hearing impairments took part in music workshops.

Working with the Audiological Science department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, they created a piece of music which was performed by professional musicians Thomas Sherman and Joe Harrison-Greaves at the event.

The associated artwork is a visual interpretation of the music, made using graphics and images.

The project, which was funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity and Arts Council England, encouraged participants to try different instruments and techniques and take inspiration from poetry, paintings and graphic scores. They were designed to help people feel relaxed, have fun and reconnect with music.

The final piece was called ‘Lament for Lost Sound,’ inspired by the stories shared by the participants.

Mir Jansen, Arts Coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We wanted to see what difference creative activities made to people’s experience of hospital and healthcare, and the compositions they have developed are amazing.”

Dr Harriet Crook is Lead Clinical Scientist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and a founder member of the Hearing Aids for Music Research Group. She is also a former musician who wears a cochlear implant (a device that can help provide a sense of sound to people with severe hearing loss).

She said: “It was really interesting to experience this project as a patient, and it has been really touching to hear about the impact it has had on people. There is lots of evidence about the impact of music for health and wellbeing, and we are really proud that we have the artworks as a visual reminder.”

All the participants’ compositions are available to listen to on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/user-751784010

You can watch a video about the project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_At1aHhMQAA

Pic: Musicians Thomas Sherman and Joe Harrison-Greaves perform in the Audiology Dept


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