Colourful masterpieces transform BSMHFT centre - The Solihull Observer

Colourful masterpieces transform BSMHFT centre

Solihull Editorial 11th Sep, 2023   0

COLOURFUL artworks created by patients, loved ones and staff at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) were showcased at the new Ardenleigh art gallery.

The former magnolia corridors at the centre have now been transformed into a colourful and meaningful array of artwork thanks to the project led by Deborah Tomlin-Taylor, BSMHFT’s Senior Arts Psychotherapist.

The 140 pieces, including painting, sculptures, crochet, or photographs, were created within the themes of exploring life, recovery and identify.

Deborah said: “Working together in a collaborative way to create such a beautiful and diverse space is really meaningful.”

Located in Erdington, Birmingham, Ardenleigh is a 30 bedded female inpatient mental health hospital that serves the whole of the West Midlands, offering 24/7 multidisciplinary support.




The hospital also consists of a Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for young people up to the age of 19.

The event was so well received that the team is already making plans to do it again.


James Ntalumbwa, deputy director of nursing said that he would love to see the entire room “filled with art” by this time next year.

The event was made possible thanks to the generous funding of the Trust’s charity, Caring Minds.

For more or to donate visit the Caring Minds webpage.

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