On December 22, 2022, Idrisi Cultura e Sviluppo ETS, together with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, presented a “marine tale for children” designed and produced for the Nephrology and Dialysis Department of the “Di Cristina” Children’s Hospital in Palermo. The entire hospital staff enthusiastically welcomed the work from its presentation and conception, opening the doors of the institution and providing support and maximum expressive freedom to both Idrisi and the young artists.
This illustrated story is a contribution to the second project output of INSIDES, specifically dedicated to the development of participatory public and social art workshops and products, created by and for the most vulnerable targets, from childhood to old age, ideologically connecting European cities, suburbs, and civic groups through public art. Idrisi produced this children’s cycle in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, as a stakeholder.
The objective of this intervention and, in general, of INSIDES, is not so much to decorate or embellish places, walls, schools, or others, but to interact through public art with content, spaces, outskirts, and people often with fewer opportunities and distant from the art scene, or with people who have been most affected by the effects of the pandemic, which now seems to be increasingly behind us.
The ‘tale’ for the Children’s Hospital was designed specifically for children to interact with young patients: a game of hide-and-seek and magic intended to escape the hospital environment and stimulate emotions and imagination.