Morag Myerscough worked alongside Sheffield Children’s Hospital and its Artfelt charity program on a project that saw an underutilized courtyard space on the hospital site transformed into a colorful garden pavilion.
Artfelt is the art program of the Children’s Hospital charity committed to collaborating with artists and designers to rejuvenate the walls and spaces of Sheffield Children’s Hospital with colorful, colorful art. Its goal is to help children recover in a comfortable environment designed just for them.
Myerscough’s first collaboration with Artfelt in 2017 saw four unusually colorful interiors executed across forty-six en-suite bedrooms and six suites. She has maintained a close relationship with the hospital, its patients, and its staff, and that is how she found the inspiration for her latest project, Joy Garden.
After Myerscough visited the site with former Artfelt president Cat Powell, they decided the outdoor patio space was undervalued in its current state, recognizing the potential for making a difference to children, families, and staff. Myerskopf says she “knew color was fun and cool” after receiving such a positive response from her previous hospital project.
The final product of the Joy Garden project is a brightly colored pavilion and outdoor seating area with crisp drawn lines and 3D effects that make it look more like a personification than a real structure against the backdrop of a hospital building. Geometric patterns have been applied to both the exterior and interior of the master pavilion, and through the seating and surrounding garden.
Myerskopf explains that the goal was to “create a permanent space that changes through the seasons,” allowing people to enjoy the space in all weathers. She adds, “A patio can be a quiet, thoughtful place or a bustling hive of activity. My work just sets the scene and I hope it brings some joy just by looking at the colors through the windows.”
Myerscough raised the money to cover this project by approaching the personal care brand Method, which had previously collaborated with Myerscough on packaging designs. With her support – and by making a personal decision not to accept the fee – I was able to fund the project at no upfront cost to the hospital.
“We built the stand, staff seating, loose fitting furniture, planting and a screen to check appointments, so every penny was needed,” she says.
A thoughtful decision was also made to work with local craftsmen on the construction. Sheffield Fabricator Design Workshop Ltd created the main structure for Joy Garden, while the panels were painted by Myerscough in her studio using YesColours, who gave the paint to the project.
The garden’s colorful geometric flooring was provided by Geveko Markings. The floor mural was originally intended for another public artwork in London, but after the project was cancelled, Myerscough was able to repurpose it for the Joy Garden project.
Logo image and all other images by Gareth Gardner