This animation was made as part of the Right Here, Right Now project.
Person-Centred Creativity Development Workers Nick Clements and Katja Stiller facilitated the project at the Children’s Hospital of Wales. Our aim was to set up a safe and fun environment where children and young people will be able (as much as possible) to forget about being patients, to have fun and be creative.
The idea for the project grew out of discussions with the Children’s Commissioner’s for Wales’ Office around children’s rights, and the sessions were funded by the Arts Council of Wales.This project gave the participants the opportunity to share their perspectives, make films, produce art work and to be heard. Throughout the project we explored children and young people’s needs and rights.
Our aims and objectives for the children and young people were:
- to express themselves creatively
- to regain a sense of control in their lives
- to have fun
- to be listened to
- to work with others
- to express their views and opinions
- to get a sense of achievement
- to enhance their self-esteem.
‘Right Here Right Now’ was primarily about process, because we did not want the young people to feel any pressure. The work they produced over the course of the project is displayed along the staircase of the Children’s Hospital for Wales.
“On the first day we met five year old Anisha and her mum. Anisha told us that she had been very sad, scared and sick when she got to hospital; she was dreaming about going home, to her toys and her bed. She said that everybody had been very nice to her and that she is now feeling better. While the nurses removed Anisha’s drip she told us about the fish she was drawing called Cinderella who is going to a Fish Ball with all her friends. At the Ball they will dance, play Simon Says, ‘Chinese Whispers’ and have fish cake. Anisha and her mum had been waiting since 8 o’clock that morning to go home. When they were finally allowed to go home they decided to stay and to finish her painting.”
“Natasha, a mum of a toddler waiting for an operation, started drawing and told us that she needed to calm her nerves. Another mum agreed, reaching for the glitter, saying ‘This is really therapeutic for us too’.”
We also worked with young people at the Teenage Cancer Trust. Cancer and the treatment had taken a lot of their energy, however the young people we met were full of hope. With this project we hoped to support them in looking beyond their illness.
Children’s Commissioner, Keith Towler said of the project:
“What the artists have done is to fire the imaginations of children and young people to express their views, wishes and feelings in a very personal and accessible way. I defy anyone not to hear what these children and young people are telling us.”