The entire world suffered appalling disease and loss last year. Amid such suffering, people need some joy – so it’s pertinent that a series of unique artworks and design interventions by leading artist Yinka Ilori have been installed at St Stephen’s Centre, part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to bring cheer and lift the mood for patients and staff.
“Over the years I have worked on a number of art commissions but this one is important, now more than ever in view of what is happening in today’s world. I hope it brings joy, peace and calmness into people’s lives today, forever and in times of need,”explains Ilori.
Ilori aims to provide messages of positivity and inspiration during these challenging times in his practice, which fuses his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. Known for his use of bold patterns and vibrant colours to create contemporary designs and architectural installations, the West London-based artist has developed a new and cohesive visual identity at the hospital to support patient, staff, and visitor wellbeing at what can often be a time of high stress.
Ilori’s installations are part of the CW+ Arts in Health programme, which has been at the forefront of the global arts in health movement for more than a quarter of a century. CW+ is the official charity of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
“The artworks designed by Yinka Ilori are very much in keeping with our overall philosophy at CW+ to make hospital areas as aesthetically pleasing and calm as possible.These art and design works will survive long beyond the end of COVID-19, enhancing patient, visitor and staff experience.”says Trystan Hawkins, CW+ Patient Environment Director.
About the Artist
Yinka Ilori is a London based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. He began his practice in 2011 up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and West African fabrics that surrounded him as a child.
CW+ is the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust including its hospitals and clinics. The charity’s generous supporters and partners enable it to:
- Build and enhance clinical facilities to create an outstanding healing environment for patients and staff
- Deliver a unique art and design programme to transform the experience and wellbeing of our patients
- Invest in health innovation to deliver exceptional patient care
CWPLUS Registered Charity No.1169897
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