A project responding to people in waiting situations
the story of waiting
News: The waiting project has now moved onto phase II, see here for details.
This is a Chaturangan initiative in response to Liverpool Culture Company's “Story of Waiting” strand in their “Creative Health” programme.
of Waiting” programme is a partnership between Liverpool Culture
Company, Liverpool Primary Care NHS Trust, Mersey Care NHS Trust and other
Health Partners. It is being delivered by Chaturangan,
Comedy Trust and FACT
(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). As a part of this project
Chaturangan is taking multicultural participatory activities including
dance music ,visual arts and storytelling to various health settings where
people experience different types of stress from waiting . So far the
company has taken this work to Royal Liverpool Hospital, Woodlands Hospice
in Fazakerley hospital, Creative Alternative ,Southport and children’s
Hospice Claire House. As part of this project, the company has also produced
a film suitable for screening in‘Waiting Areas’, places in
healthcare settings where people are required to wait for services. The
film from the project ‘PRECIOUS ‘ made by Gina Czarnecki was
installed in two sites in the Royal Liverpool Hospital .
time does not fly
Most of the time we do not take notice of this passage of time - the eternal time. Mostly our perception of “time” is only what the clock tells us, as it transports us from one task to another.
An instance when everything suddenly stops, and we face a forced and imposed situation of marking time - minute by minute, second by second - is when this time is related to health issues. Time looms large and hangs heavy in the waiting rooms of Doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, recovery rooms and labour wards, and its effects can be felt even in the intimate privacy of the homes of individuals waiting for news or a phone call. Good or bad, the actual news of the condition of health is something one can deal with in a comparatively more dignified and positive way. It is waiting time that is filled with uncertainty, fear, impatience, irritation and depression. Waiting, in some ways, takes away our control and along with that a motivation. We put life on hold and we are scared to hope. The mind is left without an anchor.
Art offers dreams and sends an invitation to alternative possibilities. Art gives permission to enter a world of imagination, where we can feel “being in control”. Art sets a different agenda, a different sense of time, a different take on permanence. It may not alter the situation although it could install in one a sense of satisfaction/achievement, maybe in a very small measure, but enough to change an attitude and give courage.
What art proposes to offer is not necessarily a definite answer, but a ‘leap of faith’ with a genuine desire to make a difference.
The project addressed artistic intervention, real and virtual, in stressful waiting situations in health settings. The project is in two strands.
I said to my soul,
be still, and wait without hope
Photo by Simon ....