Anna collaborates with artists and clinicians in bio-medical settings to create innovative public art emerging from extended creative collaborations in hospital settings. Recent projects include: Kicking Up Our Heels (2019 – 2020), The Heart of the Matter (2016 – 2019) and MILK (2015 – 18) with artist Sofie Layton. For over a decade she has worked regularly with artist Mark Storor and together they have established an ethical approach to making high quality innovative public art about some of the most difficult issues of public health. Mark and Anna completed The Barometer of My Heart in September 2015. Visiting Time (2004), Boychild (2007) and For the Best (2009) and (2010) explored the connections between bio-medical science and the experience of illness all funded by the Wellcome Trust. For the Best was the winner of the 2009 TMA Theatre Award for best show for children and young people.
KICKING UP OUR HEELS
Anna Ledgard is part of a research team with artists Emily Underwood-Lee, Brian Lobel and Emily Speed at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The team worked with parents at GOSH and GOSH Arts to consider the importance of finding space for yourself when you’re a parent or a carer of a child in hospital. The […]
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
2016 – 2019
The Heart of the Matter is an exhibition that brings together art and medicine to reflect on the human heart. Through artworks inspired by patients with heart conditions, their families and clinicians, the exhibition invites you to discover the extraordinary nature and complexity of this organ. The Heart of the Matter was conceived by artist Sofie Layton and bioengineer Giovanni Biglino, and developed with health psychologist Jo Wray.
2015 – 2017
Sound and visual arts residency with staff and families attending the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Artist Sofie Layton.
The Barometer of My Heart
2013 - 2015
Arts project with Mark Storor exploring male health, masculine identity and potency in hospital, corporate and military settings. Performances Sept–October 2015.
Arts residency with staff, parents and children at Evelina Children’s Hospital Renal Unit. visual and sound installation open to public. Artist Sofie Layton.
Research project with Sofie Layton exploring creative artistic practices to express memories and experiences with bereaved parents.
Liverpool For the Best
Re-imagined performance led by Mark Storor based on London show and informed by residency at Royal Liverpool University Hospital renal unit and local primary schools.
For the Best
TMA Award winner 2009. imaginative exploration of family living with renal disease inspired by children living with dialysis, company led by Mark Storor.
Blood Makes Noise
Arts residency with patients at Dorset County Hospital exploring stories, challenges and experiences of living with renal disease. Film maker Peter Snelling.
A Model Patient
Arts residency with Mark Storor and Babis Alexiadis exploring renal care from perspectives of patient, nurse and consultant at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
An exploration of the science and human impact of genetic inheritance led by artist Mark Storor with patients and staff at Dorset County Hospital and schools in Bridport.
An arts and science project exploring perceptions and attitudes towards maleness in society today. Artist Mark Storor.
Extremely moving. This show says so much about what it feels like to be a sick child, to be the parent of a sick child, to be the family of a sick child and to have hope.
For The Best
I learnt what it is like to be a man, not a boy
Before I did boychild I did not licen much to other peple. I thought what other peple had to say wasn’t important..but now I listen a lot more to peple..I take in their comments more (sic).
Participant 7 yrs old
I really love the artwork, the parents that have contributed are so proud of it. And I love that they can leave a little 'bit of their baby' behind with us when they leave so that we can remember them. ...Also, it makes the ward look more 'homely' and less clinical.’
“The Heart of the Matter is a beautiful, thoughtful, evocative representation of what it means to be a patient, a parent, a doctor or scientist involved in treating people with heart disease.” Dr Laura Coates
The Heart of the Matter