CULTURE
HEALTH &
WELLBEING
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXCHANGE

“Art makes you think. Art gives you pleasure. Creating art is an opportunity to understand and satisfy yourself and be well.” Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, SNEHA, Mumbai

The World’s First Knitted Wisdom Dispensing Machine

The World’s First Knitted Wisdom Dispensing Machine was created for the 2015 Fresh Arts Festival at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. In 2014, artist Ali Brown had collected words of wisdom from patients and staff while she knitted with them.  These were printed onto small cards which the wisdom machine dispenses. Remaining in place for three months after the 2015 Festival, the Wisdom Machine dispensed 3100 tickets to staff, patients and their visitors: “The words of wisdom machine is brilliant – dispensing some much needed comforting words when required.  Please keep it up – makes the hospital a much nicer environment”. The World’s First Knitted Wisdom Dispensing Machine is on display throughout the conference, dispensing words of wisdom at the touch of a button!