Watch: Using art to improve the life of cancer patients

The Deep Shelter Project aims to increase well-being for patients, relatives and staff at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC) by setting up areas with artworks.

Photo credit: Lisa Gwen

The project is the brainchild of artist Pamela Baldacchino, who is also a nurse.

Together with Dr Benna Chase, Principal Psycho-oncologist at SAMOC, she is researching ways in which they can increase the value of a therapeutic setting using presence, art, nature, space and design.

“Deep Shelter project started out about five years ago when I was doing my Digital Arts Masters course… I looked back to what motivated me during my first career as a nurse, where I also tried to understand the importance of touch in hospital and the importance of connection. And that moved me to understand that I would also like to find a way of creating artwork for a hospital space that is about bridging of boundaries between one person and another,” she told

The ultimate aim is to help the patient come to terms with the experience of illness.

Filming – Miguela Xuereb