Wacky Races Louise Gardiner
The illustrator and textile artist Louise Gardiner was commissioned to create an extended wall work to run along the route from the Children’s Centre to theatres. Designed to form an integral part of this route, the work aids way-finding, makes the space child (and parent and staff) friendly, and includes elements from which to tell a story, so that play specialists and family members accompanying a child to Theatre can actively use the artwork to distract and calm children en route.
“Wacky Races was developed from twenty-three machine embroidered works by Louise. Nurses in motorized bath-tubs, dogs on scooters, pigs on roller skates and other fun and fantastic characters accompany children on their journey. All of the works have been created through conversations and workshops with hospital patients and staff.”
The Wacky Races characters are printed onto 1 metre square panels which are hung the length of the corridor, and linked thematically and stylistically to artworks on walls and set into ceiling panels within the theatre, waiting and recovery areas.
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