Healing Hands

Works by Patients at UHCW, coordinated by Artist Mark Shirley

No matter how old you are or what you do for a living, you are always using your hands. When there is something wrong with them, you may not be able to do your regular activities. Our hands show so much from their journey through life. Weathered, misshapen, lined, strong, fragile, big, and small.

Here the nurses use them to care and attend to the unwell, supporting and manoeuvring in a way that brings so much solace to patients that feel vulnerable. Here are hands that were held by your Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather Brother, Sister, Lover, Aunt, Uncle, Friend, displayed informatively.

The concept behind this project was to ask patients to simply draw around their hands and then use their favourite colours to express themselves. From this more ideas grew. Some started to write, some started to draw and paint, which in turn personalised their hand and reflected parts of their lives that others knew nothing about. Working lives, hobbies, places people originate from, what food they like, families, Traditions, all were expressed in a different light.

Many thanks to all who have contributed.