Initiated by the bequest of Anne Josephine Kingsley Dawborn, Inscape was the brainchild of Anne’s niece; Jacqui Dawborn who was keen to continue her aunt’s work that linked creativity with the health sector.
Consultation with the Royal Hobart Hospital began in August 2014 and after four months of presentations, meetings and a final proposal for the six-month pilot project; it was finally given the go-ahead.
In January 2015 the project was successfully implemented on the Acute Older Person’s Unit (AOPU), now called Ward 6A. This unit cares for older people with acute illness, including many with dementia and delirium.
The pilot project included music, visual arts, participatory art making and storytelling. It aimed to improve the experience of older people, their family, carers and staff through engagement in art activities. The community development approach ensured that the whole AOPU (Ward 6A) community was included.