NAI and partners work with the Paediatric Clinic to make hospital environment child-friendlier

September, 2017

Nordic Art Initiative and partners work with the Paediatric Clinic to make hospital environment child-friendlier

The opening ceremony for the project Art with a Bigger Purpose was held in the main atrium of the Paediatric clinic of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana on September the 2oth.
The project by the Nordic Art Initiative (NAI) brings original works of visual arts to this children’s hospital in order to make it friendlier to its patients, their parents, visitors, and staff.

Children from the Waldorf school, Ljubljana enjoying works by Fatheat & Bea Pántya. Using a free app, the audience can view an animation based on augmented reality technology. Download the LARA application and aim your phone towards the wall.
Photograph by Runefelt via NAI
“The hospital environment can be, due to the burden of heavy illness many patients have to carry, considered as unpleasant, sad, grey and demotivating. Any activities that make the hospital stay more pleasant for our little patients are therefore highly welcome. What the project Nordic Art Initiative has brought in to the hospital will inspire generations to come.”
Anamarija Meglič
Medical director , Pediatric hospital, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The opening included a tour of the artistic works, guided tours for children, a musical performance, and storytelling. Realisation of the project Art with a Bigger Purpose was provided in coordination and support by six partners – The Jochnick Foundation, Oriflame, Volvo, A1 Slovenia, Philips, Lara. Many will benefit from this project. Yearly statistics for the Pediatric Clinic include 12,500 admissions, 60,000 outpatients visits and over 600 personnel working there.
“Through art we aim to promote the process of adaptation, allowing individuals within different social groups or settings to interact in positive ways.”
Quote by Runefelt, founder of NAI
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