For 6 weeks in January and February 2015, service users at Broadoak Unit co-created work with Sheila as part of Tate Space - a partnership between Tate Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Trust. This was Sheila's second Tate Space project (the first was Etyma - A Tiding of Good Words in 2014).

The project took its inspiration from the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington's diverse output and life, in advance of an exhibition of her paintings, sculptures, texts, costume and set designs at Tate Liverpool, 6th March - 31st May.

Sessions explored themes such as:

  • The Unconcious
  • Plants, animals, humans, objects
  • Cycles of change / metamorphosis / hybridity
  • The real and the imagined
  • Stepping into the picture / becoming the image

The final work - And Fell Unto a Circle Sphere - is a set of pictures containing photographs and text by participants. In it all of the above themes are explored (and more) all linked together by the symbol of the circle.  

The square pictures are 40cm x 40cm. The rectangular frames containing text are postcard size.

Co-created at Broadoak Unit by 14 Project Participants, 6 Broadoak Unit Occupational Therapy staff and Sheila.

Arranged by Margaret Brown, Equality and Diversity and Service User and Carer Lead at Merseycare and managed by Alison Jones, Programme Manager: Public & Community Learning at Tate Liverpool.


The task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope.
— Leonora Carrington