Environments

Illustration by Blue and White Creative and Benjamin Lam
Illustration by Blue and White Creative and Benjamin Lam

Environments

We’ve been commissioned by numerous organisations to create original large-scale artwork within their buildings. These include school receptions and corridors, prison libraries, recreation areas and hospital environments such as X-ray rooms and waiting areas.

Our objective is to make sure these signature pieces are absolutely right for the environment in which they’re located. We therefore place great store on consulting key individuals and groups who use the building on a regular basis to ensure their needs are met effectively.

"Award winning project - A Walk in the Park is an intelligent, playful and sensitive transformation of a clinical environment. "
West Midlands Arts and Wellbeing Awards

Speaking to managers and staff within the organisation enables us to produce a tailor-made solution that helps them in their day to day work. One great example of this is 'A Walk in the Park’, a project we undertook in a clinical environment for an NHS organisation. After speaking to the health specialists we created custom-made artwork that used distraction techniques and games to calm anxiety in patients, particularly children, who were undergoing an X-ray. These included counting exercises with butterflies and a game which involved discovering a number of frogs hidden in the artwork.

It’s not just staff we speak to - we’ll also consult service users. Running creative workshops enables groups to develop ideas and artwork with us, giving them a stake in the project.  Have a look at the 'Starfish Suite' artwork below. It contains hundreds of thousands drawings by young people on the theme of 'under the sea’.

Client: Walsall NHS, Birmingham Children's Hospital and Hillcrest School · Photography: Keith Bloomfield, Blue and White Creative · Design: Blue & White Creative, Liam Smyth, Agata Kopff and Benjamin Lam · Creative Workshops: Keith Bloomfield and Blue and White Creative

Grow Up Great

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Grow Up Great

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles commissioned us to help with a new initiative in the Cannock area called ‘Grow up Great’. This was aimed at families with children under five. The initiative had two principal objectives - first, to develop a dedicated website informing parents about what was on in their area and secondly to help families find fun ways to enhance their health and wellbeing.

"Blue and White Creative goes above and beyond to ensure that you receive the highest standard of design and branding. From the initial concept, their knowledge, understanding and dedication ensures that the end result is one you can be proud of. His work on our projects have been instrumental in their success and recognition’’
Louise Rose, Project Manager, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyle

We spoke to local families about the websites and wider social media they used to find out about events in their area. We asked them what information they wanted, what format worked best for them and what design they liked most.

Working in collaboration with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and web developer Andy Goodwin we created the Grow Up Great website and a supporting range of promotional items. The brand itself was designed to be family-friendly - fun, bright, welcoming and playful.

Join Us

Project participant, photography by Lee Allen
Project participant, photography by Lee Allen

Join Us

This poster campaign promoted health and wellbeing in the Black Country by encouraging people to volunteer their time, experience, skills and knowledge to a local museum or gallery. Keeping busy and working as part of a team is a great way to enhance physical and mental health and improve wellbeing.

Rather than develop a generic poster with stock imagery we visited volunteers who were already working at local museums to find out more about what they did.

"I just wanted to say what a good job you have done on the posters for the Join Us posters. They really grab your attention and give the message."
Dave Reeves, renowned poet and project collaborator

We were commissioned by Creative Health and collaborated with them, Museum Development, Black Country poet Dave Reeves and photographer Lee Allen to develop a series of posters for each Black Country borough. These featured photographic portraiture of genuine volunteers complemented by short poems inspired by the people we met.

Client: Creative Health · Photography: Lee Allen · Design: Blue & White Creative · Text: Dave Reeves · Funders: Museum Network Partnership & Arts Council

Seat & Barrow

Project participant, photography by Lee Allen
Project participant, photography by Lee Allen

Seat & Barrow

Urban Living and Beyond Bricks commissioned us to help plot-holders on the Livingstone Road Allotment in Birchills, Birmingham address long-standing challenges at the site. These included fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, site access and plot boundary disputes.

We helped the allotment committee find practical solutions to these problems. More importantly, we helped plot-holders celebrate the fantastic community they had created - a collective of dedicated people growing amazing produce and with so many wonderful stories to share.

“We aren’t going to stop until the body tells us we can’t do it no more... whenever that is. This is why we are down here six days a week having lots a fun.” 
William Channer Allotment holder

We brought plot holders together with council representatives to discuss the challenges and how best to solve them. We created an up-to date-map of the plots. We worked with young people to give them a taste of allotment life, helping them create signage for the site and encouraging them to own a plot themselves in the future.

To complement this, we interviewed plot holders about their lives and why they owned an allotment. We took hundreds of photographs which culminated in a commemorative DVD and newspaper you can watch and download.

No Fit State

Project participants, photography by Kerry Whitehouse
Project participants, photography by Kerry Whitehouse

No Fit State Circus

Creative Black Country commissioned us to help coordinate groups in Sandwell for their No Fit State Circus project, a two-day event bringing together young people and professional circus performers.

We found and looked after these groups - Fusion Dance Academy, Cre8 Performing Arts, Sandwell Flyers and Rick Dubidats Black Belt Academy.

“Many thanks for your work on Open House, you did a great job at recruiting, mobilising and coordinating collaborators from Sandwell; we found them individually and collectively inspiring and we were excited by what was achieved in such a short time”. 
Orit Azaz, No Fit State Director

"It was a big bunch of fabulousness! I have wanted to try out circus skills for a long time and this gave the opportunity to.  No Fit State were extremely encouraging, talented and made me feel confident to step out of my comfort zone.  I would love to do it all again! "
Project Performer Chelsea Cartwright

"I had so much fun! I loved every minute of it and smiled for the whole time.  I would love to join the circus"
Performer Natalie Homer

Our work involved time-tabling events, transport and most importantly liaison with Creative Black Country, No Fit State and the managers, leaders and instructors of the groups involved.

The event was a great success with hundreds of people watching four performances over a two-day period.