Residencies & Jobs

Your Own Front Door

Closing date: 20 Aug 2018

Apply for a maker in residence opportunity in the mental health inpatient and outpatient facilities at the new Herdmanflat Hospital. 

A maker is sought to work one day per week, over a six month period in the mental health inpatient and outpatient facilities at the Herdmanflat Hospital in Haddington, East Lothian. The project Your Own Front Door is a project in partnership with Craft Scotland, Round Table Projects and NHS Lothian/ Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.

This Outreach project will be targeted primarily at older people, but will also include interaction with adults of other ages and young people. This project should include dementia-friendly handling objects and sensitive artworks that can be sited within personal living space at the new Mental Health Ward. This project is in advance of the Mental Health Care facilities relocating to their new home in the East Lothian Community Hospital (ELCH). The outcomes will help to individualise the healthcare environment for people who are living in the hospital and create a meaningful legacy for the future.

The residency is part of a wide-reaching thematic approach being implemented for the new hospital, which takes inspiration from the rich landscapes and diverse cultural heritage of East Lothian. The maker appointed to this residency will work with patients, staff and visitors at Herdmanflat Hospital and should employ reminiscence sessions and use intergenerational as well as cooperative working to explore these themes.

Workshop sessions will engage participants who might not normally have the opportunity to be involved in high–quality crafts. The maker should encourage people to work with their hands and learn new skills, experiencing the creative process from start to finish.

Makers are required to work in materials which work sympathetically within existing design conventions established at ELCH, and within NHS infection control guidelines.

It is anticipated that the project will start in early September 2018 and be completed by March 2019. 

Funding for this project is part of a £500,000 grant from the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation for therapeutic arts activity at ELCH. 

Download the brief, and read from page eight onwards, which covers the whole ELCH project in more detail. 


Herdmanflat Hospital
Aberlady Rd
EH41 3BU
Closing Date & Time:
20 Aug 2018 5:00pm
Key Contact:
Tanwen Llewelyn 0131 466 3870 [javascript protected email address]
Your Own Front Door - Maker in Residence Brief Apply

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