The Angels in Art Project

Art inspires in so many ways every day, and through a series of art-themed events, the ‘Angels in Art’ project has helped to raise funds for art activities by young people in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

As Chairman of the Guild of Friends at the time, Jane Tovey and art teacher Elaine Thomas worked with children and teachers from a great many schools to arrange fun and creative events, including two wonderful exhibitions of artwork by young people on the themes of angels and stars, kindly hosted at Tockington Manor School by Jane and her husband, Headmaster Richard Tovey.  Along with a series of illustrated lectures by Elaine and the very generous support of the Brownsword Charitable Foundation of Bath, the project raised over £18,000 for the Guild of Friends.
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We would like to send a huge thank you to all the very many young artists who have created such amazing artwork and been involved in these activities over the years.  Thanks to your hard work, the money raised continues to provide the hospital’s Play Department with art materials to use with children in the hospital.  We would like to send a special thank you in particular to Elaine Eastman for her work during her time as head of the Play Department, and the value of the inspirational work being done there every day is priceless.

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A project on the theme of stars, entitled ‘Star by Star’, encourages children in the hospital to create their own star designs.  Specially made ‘star boxes’, filled with art supplies and reference materials, help the Play Department to inspire the wonderful work produced by the children.  Some of the funds have been used to provide children with photocopies and sheets of stickers created from their star designs, with the kind assistance of Accent Graphics in Bristol and Andy’s Taxis of Thornbury.  A selection of stars, chosen by hospital Arts Coordinator Ruth Jacobs, were also recreated as enameled versions and displayed proudly in the hospital’s Ward 38.  We are very grateful to Elizabeth Turrell and her talented team at the Enamel Research Department at the University of the West of England, who helped to make this possible.

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We hope that the success of this project will make all our generous supporters feel very proud of their achievements and hard work.  It has been inspirational to see so many teachers, parents, pupils and local businesses uniting with a common goal, and most of all of course, we are so grateful for the wonderful work being done by all in the Play Department and the Guild of Friends themselves.  So once again a huge thank you, and we wish all our friends continued success with all their work.  Keep shining brightly, for you are all stars!

'The contribution of the Guild of Friends has been huge over the years and we are very grateful for their continued support'