Hospital Rooms, co-founded by curators Niamh White and Tim A Shaw, commissioned Assemble and other artists to refurbish the Phoenix Unit at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting.
The Phoenix Unit is a secure psychiatric rehabilitation residential ward for up to 18 patients who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Each participant was allocated a space within the unit to renovate and work with clinicians, consultants and occupational therapists on necessary physical, logistic and hygiene considerations.
Assemble collaborated with Daniel Kisiel, a cabinet maker based at Sugarhouse Studios, and Catarina Cubelo, a print making student at Central Saint Martins, to create a wooden noticeboard in the hallway of the Phoenix Unit.
The frame was handcrafted and expertly jointed from oak and cedar with a timetable screen printed onto felt, providing a reliable and robust resource for the staff at the Phoenix Unit as well as a beautiful and engaging piece for the residents. It showcases what’s going on during the week including meal and medication times as well as group activities.
The grid was sized to A4 so events and activities could be printed off easily, changed from week to week and pinned to the board. The pinboard is installed behind a small glazed lockable wooden door.
The project was funded by the charity The League Of Friends Of The Morris Markowe Unit, Springfield Hospital and the Arts Council England.