As work at Bluebell Lodge gets underway we'd like to tell you about the creative partnership that has helped make this project possible.
Cornish fashion brand Seasalt has dedicated support to charities and community projects over many years and we are thrilled that they have now chosen to partner with Hospital Rooms, raising money for our latest project at Bluebell Lodge. Committed to nurturing creativity and wellbeing, and striving to achieve beauty, usefulness and simplicity in everything they produce, Seasalt identified a strong affiliation with Hospital Rooms, where the same values and ethos is absolutely fundamental to the work we do.
Seasalt's talented creative team includes fine artists, illustrators, creative writers and print designers and the company counts supporting diversity in the creative sector as one of its foremost responsibilities. Particularly keen to help sustain local traditions, skills and craftsmen, Seasalt sponsors the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, funds bursaries for apprentices and promotes Cornish 'makers, creators and pioneers'. Seasalt not only leads the way when it comes to community involvement, but has been recognised for its pioneering approach to running a sustainable business. It was the first fashion company to win a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, recognising its huge contribution to the UK's organic cotton industry and dedication to reducing the impact of manufacture on the environment.
At Hospital Rooms we are proud to have the support of a company which demonstrates genuine and passionate dedication to its community, charitable and environmental responsibilities.
Seasalt has recently launched a new fundraising initiative: from every pair of single socks sold, 20p will be donated to a variety of charities throughout the year, starting with Hospital Rooms.
Along with Arts Council England, Seasalt is helping to fund our project at Bluebell Lodge, by supporting the participation of Cornish artist Anna Barriball, who we have commissioned for this project.
So far Anna has made her first visit to Bluebell Lodge to meet service users and staff and learn more about how spaces at the residence are used. On her next visit Anna will lead a workshop at Bluebell Lodge, giving her and the residents the chance to be inspired by one another's creativity.
We can't wait to see the work that emerges from this workshop and the artwork which Anna will create for Bluebell Lodge - we look forward to sharing it with you!