Local Schools Shine a Light on New Ward Block

03/03/2017

Local schools in the Dundonald Extended Schools Cluster have taken a very special trip to the Ulster Hospital to switch on the lights of a sculpture at the multi million pound new facility.

During a two year long project, children from Brooklands Primary School, Dundonald Primary School, Tullycarnet Primary School, Dundonald High School, Longstone School, and Tor Bank Special School worked together with renowned County Down artist Kevin Killen to create an artwork celebrating how they respect the rights of one another. This Rights Respecting project focussed on the wording of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

As Article 24 of the UNCRC outlines the Right of each child to receive the best possible health care, it seems fitting that the schools would gift the end result – a fabulous new sculpture to the new Ulster Hospital Inpatient Ward Block, to be seen by the wider community for generations to come.

The sculpture takes the form of an Ash tree with the bark and leaves being made up entirely by the words of the children in their own handwriting translated into steel. The metal text was welded and formed into the shape of a native tree before being galvanised and powder-coated to make it durable. The piece is finished off with lighting that makes it visible both day and night.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is dedicated to serving the local community and is delighted to have this reflected in the signature artwork.

A Trust spokesperson said “We are thrilled to have such a quality artwork marking the entrance to our new Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Hospital, especially as it has involved so many young people from our local community.

 

Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kieran Quinn (Strategic & Capital Development Manager), Eilis O'Baoill (Project Manager) and Amanda McVea (Administration Manager)

Pic L/R: Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) and Tor Bank School pupils Ritchie Morton and Luke Dobson with Claire Breen (Principal)

Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) and Longstone School pupils Jack Freedman, Taylor Pietersen with Ian Harrison (Extended Schools Co-ordinator) and Ioannis Skarmoutsos (Prinicipal)

Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) and Dundonald High School pupils Amy McMurray and Curtis Murphy with Stephen McMurray (Governor) and Ken Perry (Principal)

Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) and Tullycarnet Primary School pupils Jamie Bowers and Ellie Lee Johnston with Eileen Quinn (Principal)

Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) with Dundonald Primary School pupils Rebecca Thomson, Eva Rainey and Julian Byers (Principal)

Pic L/R: Naomi Dunbar (Asst. Director Strategic & Capital Development, South Eastern HSC Trust), Seamus McGoran (Director of Hospital Services, South Eastern HSC Trust), Kevin Killen (Artist) and Brooklands Primary School pupils, Julia Roberts and Casey Rix with Fiona Smart (Teacher)