Rook Lane Arts Projects
Frome Tree of Life
In 2008 Rook Lane Arts collaborated with Frome College and Somerset Primary Care Trust to extend ways to involve the local community in the creation of the new Frome hospital.
Awards for All funding enabled College students, local schools and the wider community to get involved practically in a series of permanent commissions designed to enhance the new building.
Hospital staff suggested a Tree of Life theme, which was then taken as the starting point for a community painting co-ordinated by artist Kate Lynch. The painting was designed in panels with dimensions dictated by the back of an estate car, to enable the painting to travel between five local First and Middle schools. Community painting days at Rook Lane Chapel involved more than 100 local people aged from 3 to 90, and special days were also organised to involve Frome Society of Disabled Artists and Frome Art Society. The painting shows many Frome characters and activities familiar to local people, beautifully painted by all ages.
The Tree of Life painting can now be seen in the reception of the new Frome hospital. Other commissions undertaken with the participation of Frome College students alongside glass artist Martyn Stanton Harris can be seen by appointment.
The Frome Tree of Life
Frome Hospital Staff
Jean Gill painting her husband