Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) is bringing patients and organisational staff together under one roof in The Curve, a new mental health ‘Recovery Academy’ on the site of Prestwich Hospital. Named by service users, the new building embodies the learning ‘curve’ taking place in society with regards to mental health awareness and the recovery journey patients embark on.The interior design includes contemporary artworks created by our award-winning artist, Gerry Halpin MBE (President of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts) in conjunction with patients. Part of the brief was to create a feature wall with British birds. Gerry’s design showed swallows flying in a curve.
Another illuminated panel in coloured acrylic showed a series of figures representing Gerry’s interpretation of ‘Recovery’.
Andy Morris, the trust’s head of capital, added: “The Curve reflects the recovery principles in all aspects of its culture and operation. The physical environment portrays messages of hope, empowerment, possibility, and aspirations.”