Shifting attitudes through art for positive social change is the motivation for a movement that is taking place and culminating on October 11. Here’s what the campaign to end ‘bed blocking’ has been getting up to…
Artists throughout the UK are teaming up in an unprecedented campaign to find solutions to delayed transfer of care in the NHS.
Over the last two weeks, three of 17 artists participating in the campaign have made a splash by placing bed-like art installations across iconic locations in Edinburgh, London, and Southampton. More will follow in the coming weeks.
Pete Dowds, CEO of Elder, the organisation leading the campaign, said: ‘This is the very first movement of its kind. Bringing together artists, doctors and innovators. It’s not about lobbying for more money, it’s about shifting attitudes, and these installations really provoke a response.’
Artist of a recent London piece, Felicity Swan, said: ‘It’s nothing to do with the care in the hospital, but everything to do with being at home in your own bed’’
Edinburgh artist Caitlin Dick is quoted as saying: ‘How uncomfortable it must be for individuals being in that situation, so I wanted to raise awareness of that. By putting the viewer into that position, feeling uncomfortable.’
Those interested can get involved at endbedblocking.org or tweet with #endbedblocking.