Inside Out at the Retreat

A public art installation at The Retreat Hospital

November 2011 – January 2012


Photograph by Jim Poyner

This project involved patients collecting or making things that interest them and arranging them in box frames to form a public display in the main corridor of the hospital.

Found objects, poems, photos, drawings and models were used to tell a story or explore a particular theme in each box. Inspiration for this project comes from the artist Joseph Cornell, who was famous for making artworks in boxes.

Four sessions with older adults involved a variety of fun and inclusive creative techniques. These concluded with participants coming up with a theme for five different assembled boxframe displays. They were brought together with five more boxes made by the adult wards, forming the final installation.