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Farne Islands inspire new hospital art exhibition

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

A new art exhibition inspired by the Farne Islands has been unveiled at Hexham General Hospital.

The artwork is by wildlife and landscape painter Roise Viliers-Stuart and includes contributions from Queen Elizabeth High School students Leila Belkin, Halle Poppy Dixon and Rosie Mace.

Rosie said: “I love small islands and the abundance of nesting seabirds on the Farnes, so close to our Northumberland coast, makes these islands a magnet for me. Because the birds are used to humans, it’s possible to get close without using a telescope, which offers me wonderful opportunities as a painter.

“It seemed to me that the theme would suit this hospital environment, as I’m sure so many people here will know and love the Farnes. I hope the sea, islands and birds will bring something of space and wildness into the hospital.”

William Pym, teacher of art at Queen Elizabeth High School, said: “Our high achieving art department is committed to supporting opportunities for our creative students to take part in community initiatives.

“We are delighted with the success of our young artists who have worked hard to create the beautiful paintings outside their normal art lessons, reacting sensitively to the commission and creating beautiful work of a professional standard showing maturity beyond their age.”

The exhibition, curated by local artist Matilda Bevan, can be seen in the atrium outside the HVS shop and will be on display for six months.

It has been organised by the trust’s Bright Northumbria charity which has, for the past 15 years, funded the development of an award-winning healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.