These are the Hands

Exploring the relationship between Carers and the Cared-for

This is primarily a photographic Art project by Artist Tony Davis, which, via Residency, sets out to involve and engage patients and staff in an arts project. The project is funded by charitable funds donations for the arts at three hospitals in the Oxford University NHS Hospitals Trust.

The proposal is to undertake a photographic study of hospital staff focussing on hands. The project will engage with staff from all aspects of hospital life and aims to reflect their myriad roles in supporting and helping patients. Michael Rosen wrote a poem called ‘These are the Hands’ which co-inspires the nature of cradle to grave in terms of care.

Tony is interested in linking the staff role with their hands as a sort of puzzle/book form. Who’s hands do what? Can we tell? What is the connection between hands and job/skill? Tony would also like to get viewers to connect the idea of carers in all their perspectives with an aspect of the tools of the trade. Ideally the people will be a cross-section from office to surgery, from admin to application across the hospital, plus one/two patients.

The final art already created is in the form of:

  • A large format print of 100 pairs of hands installed at The Horton Hospital, Banbury, UK.
  • Video of 32 pairs of hands featuring Michael Rosen reading his These are the hands’ poem.
  • Website with possible interaction

Any comments on this project please contact Tony Davis.

This project will culminate in final installation of Artworks for exhibition and permanent display in 2015 onwards.

Status: Work in progress
Year: 2014 to 2016