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All Hospitals Look the Same. Don’t they?

  • Cat Powell




BCU Parkside - P350



Cat will capture the truth of working creatively in a healthcare setting. She will explore traditional approaches to design in hospitals and why, in designing for children, Artfelt deliberately moved away from these expectations. Reflecting on how outdated approaches alienate patients and contribute to a hospital’s institutional feel, she’ll show how the child’s voice can sway decision making in the creative process.


Cat Powell

Head of Artfelt at Sheffield Children's Hospial

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Head of Artfelt at Sheffield Children's Hospial

Cat is celebrating 10 years as head of Artfelt at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Under her management, the project has grown to be a leader in its field; transforming the hospital and helping children recover in spaces tailored to them. Championing the impact art can have on health, Cat has commissioned leading artists from around the world and won multiple awards for her work. Not bound by pre-conceptions of what healthcare settings should be she advocates for a child-centred approach to design.


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BCU Parkside - P350

P350 is a lecture theatre located on the 3rd floor of BCU Parkside. Entry is gated but will be open, if you have any issues find a volunteer or member of staff and they will be able to guide you.

The BCU City Centre Campus is a multi-million pound centre of excellence in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development. It is made up of four buildings: Millennium Point, The Joseph Priestley Building, The Parkside Building and The Curzon Building.

The Parkside Building is the home to our Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

The City Centre Campus supports the creative industries, business engagement, applied innovation and cultural excellence.

With over 5,500 of our 24,000 students enrolled on courses in music, theatre, writing, media, digital technology, art, design, jewellery and architecture, Birmingham City University is one of Britain’s leading providers of talented professionals to the cultural and creative industries.

The vast majority of these students are part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media – the driving force behind the creative provision at Birmingham City University.

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Birmingham City University – Parkside Building,
Cardigan Street,
Birmingham, UK

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