Going for a medical appointment of any sort is always a daunting prospect for younger children. Reassurance is one important factor in easing the experience, another is having a hospital or surgery which feels welcoming and fun for them. Now a local housebuilder is helping to brighten up the experience of going to those appointments in Caldicot. 

Bellway Wales – which is building new homes at Greystone Meadows in Undy and Manor Chase in Tutshill – has donated £300 towards a rainbow mural in the children’s waiting area at Caldicot Health Centre in Cae Mawr Road. 

It was actually the staff at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board who were inspired to install the mural after seeing a call out from art company, Studio Response, for the public to send in their rainbow picture designs for the new Grange University Hospital near Cwmbran. 

The health board then commissioned Studio Response to source an artist to create the mural, and appointed professional children’s book illustrator Becky Davies, who used to live in Chepstow and currently lives in Brighton. 

The team at Bellway Wales offered to fund the mural, alongside Monmouthshire print company, Pomegranate Creative, who printed and installed the artwork.

Left to right: Development Manager for Bellway Wales, Simon Hughes; “Bobby Bellway” (the dog); Melanie Laidler – Assistant Director of Primary Care and Community/Mental Health services at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Melinda Daley, Project lead at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Becky told us……

“I was very flattered to have been asked to illustrate the mural for the children’s waiting area at Caldicot Health Centre. I am hoping that the artwork will bring joy and happiness to those working and visiting the centre and I am very excited to see it all finished.” 

“I would also like to thank the NHS staff and others working to keep everyone safe during these uncertain times.”

Lorraine Hicks, Primary Care Communications Assistant Head of Service at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said…..

“Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is very grateful to Bellway for donating the money to enable us to commission local-born artist, Becky Davies.” 

“This beautiful artwork will brighten up the children’s waiting room, making it more child friendly and transforming it from a clinical environment to a more compassionate and inspirational one for all our patients and staff. We would like to thank everyone involved for bringing this project to life.”

Emma M Price is co-director of Studio Response. She told us…..

“The bespoke wall artwork not only brightens the children’s waiting room, it also provides a fun and colourful area for the children to engage with and, we hope, to feel better about visiting the health centre.

It is well documented that children sometimes find visiting hospitals and health centres a strange and stressful experience. Art in healthcare environments has proven to be an invaluable means for staff, parents or guardians to either distract or positively engage children.”

Bellway Wales, Studio Response and Pomegranate Creative’s kind donation has enabled Caldicot Health Centre to have its own site-specific artwork and allowed the health centre to spend its limited funds on new sofas and toys for the children’s waiting room instead.”

Sales Manager for Bellway Wales, Daniel Shone, said…..

“When we heard about the health centre’s call for funding towards its art mural, we were very keen to help. 

As a local housebuilder, we aim to support good causes and help to bring the communities which surround our new homes together. We hope the mural will benefit the health centre and brighten the experience of visiting for children for years to come.”

Becky Davies, the artist on this project, is an illustrator currently living and working in Brighton, but is no stranger to Wales, having lived in the the town of Chepstow once she graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a First Class BA (Hons) in Illustration.

Becky showed a real passion for drawing at an early age, in fact her parents always made sure she was kitted out with crayons and paper wherever they would go. It was while at college studying for her Art and Design diploma, though, that she discovered her talents lay in illustration and quickly realised that was where she wanted to direct her creative energies.

Becky works mainly digitally, however, she also enjoys creating artwork using more traditional media, particularly pencil. Studying Illustration at university enabled her to explore new ways of working, and she also found she had a particular enthusiasm for Typography in which she continues to extend her skills.

Taking some inspiration from both illustrators of books she enjoyed as a child and more current picture-book artists, Becky creates beautiful illustrations that she hopes will bring the same pleasure to others. If you’d like to see more of her work, just go here. BECKY

Studio Response, who put Becky and Aneurin Bevan together, believe that artists can enrich the quality of our public spaces and they work with artists to respond creatively to the people, place, culture, heritage and aspirations of neighbourhoods, towns and cities across the UK, and internationally.

As in the case at Caldicot, they invite artists, designers and architects to make new works with the public at the centre of how their ideas unfold, whether resulting in permanent sculptures or temporary artworks, socially-engaged projects or integrated architectural designs.

To find out more about Studio Response, just go here. STUDIO

There is a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes being built at Greystone Meadows and a selection of three, four and five-bedroom homes at Manor Chase. For more information on the new homes, go here. BELLWAY