Artist in Residence

Painted Flamingo with stitched outline made by a patient

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Chamberlain as Artist in Residence on the Children’s Ward. Mary is an artist specialising in drawing and painting and loves looking at movement and the captured moment in her work. She studied at Wimbledon School of Art and has since pursued her interest in using creativity to enrich people’s lives.

She has worked as a Creative Practitioner with the NHS, charities and community groups for 19 years. She takes a patient led approach with her work and uses a variety of materials including watercolour paints, acrylic paints, pencils, and stencils on the ward.

Artsparks is generously funded by St John’s and a budget to source high quality art materials is made possible through a grant from NADFAS.

Quality materials are key to the overall experience and Mary will be making a supply of small stretchers, stretching canvas and priming during the workshops, where young patients and their families can see this relatively simple process and the difference in quality between ‘off the shelf’ ready made canvasses.

Stencil painting made by a patient

A child’s painting produced in Mary’s first workshop on the Children’s Ward