Mar 29 2022

Arden contributes art for Skills for Care initiative


[Pictured (L-R) Joanne Wilson, Chair of South Warks Skills for Care, Jon Reading, Head of Commissioning and Quality, Adult Social care, Coventry CC, Phil Harper, Senior Lecturer Arden University, Lynn Bassett, Warks County Council, Clare McKenzie, Skills for Care, Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Coventry CC.]

As part of Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection Arden University have contributed a series of artworks to be toured by Coventry City Council. 

Co-ordinated nationally by Skills for Care in collaboration with partners from across the social care sector, Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection (Thursday 17th March) is dedicated to those working in adult social care and offers individuals a space to remember the people working in social care we have sadly lost during pandemic, as well as much needed time to reflect on the vital work the social care sector has done to keep people safe and well.

Stephanie West, Head of School for Health and Care Management at Arden University was contacted by Clare McKenzie, Locality Manager (Midlands), Skills For Care to develop a long lasting piece of artwork for the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection that will then be taken on a tour by the City Council across a number of public and health venues. 

Cavell Ord-Shrimpton, Programme Team Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design and MA Visual Communication Design Management at Arden University then created the trilogy, which have been reproduced on canvas for Coventry City Council.

‘Trilogy’ by Arden University comprises:  

Canvas 1 - The toll of COVID

CARE and the NHS are destroyed by COVID-19, but more damage is inflicting the social care sector due to the years of chronic underfunding. PPE provision protects the NHS. CARE is completely weighed down, unrecognised and left behind.

Canvas 2 - Vaccines for all? 

CARE is eroded, due to the persistent impacts of COVID-19 and historical inequalities. 
The vaccines mandate was enforced for social care even though there were concerns. This was then dropped when the NHS raised similar concerns. Social Care is the ‘Cinderella Service’, i.e. the lower resourced and poorer sister of the health service.

Canvas 3 - Hope towards the future…

CARE is significantly broken down. Rebuilding has begun, but we recognise the long journey ahead of us.  This image shows promise and a positive future, with the key priorities as building blocks.