Growing Cultures

During February 2019, BCB worked with patients and staff at the Haywood Hospital on our Growing Cultures project.

Patients from the Sneyd Stroke Rehabilitation Unit experimented with clay and a range of adapted tools to explore different hand building and mark making techniques in an upbeat and sociable session in the ward’s day room. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could do what I thought I couldn’t”.


The Growing Cultures project harnesses our creativity and curiosity to create awareness of antimicrobial resistance. A visual prompt and starting point for the project is a culture-growing vessel, made in Stoke-on-Trent and key in enabling the mass production of penicillin. Providing context for the workshops, BCB associate artist Joanna Hejmej shared images and information about how we can reduce the need for antibiotics by looking after our health through hand hygiene, exercise, healthy eating and keeping hydrated.

“We have had lots of positive feedback from the patients, carers and staff alike and were really pleased that we were able to participate within this project”

-Margurite O’Mara, Service Lead


The Growing Cultures project is supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Public Health England and The Haywood Foundation


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