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Holly’s wildlife art exhibition unveiled at The Northumbria hospital

Tuesday, 05 February, 2019

A new exhibition featuring wildlife drawings has been unveiled in the x-ray department at The Northumbria hospital.

Radiographer Holly Metcalf, has worked for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2016 and is a self-taught artist with a keen interest in nature and wildlife.

Holly, 24, said: “I’ve been drawing probably before I could write! I’ve always enjoyed drawing from a young age and find it really therapeutic. I quickly got a name for myself as a prolific doodler around the department and was asked to create the exhibition.

“I realise that going for an x-ray or scan can seem daunting and I wanted to create a calming environment, which would be a talking point for our patients and staff to make them smile.”

The exhibition has been supported 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.

Holly, from Ashington, said: “Giving something back to my department has been very rewarding and I hope they will be enjoyed by people in the waiting area. The display is a work in progress and I am still continuing to draw for other areas around the hospital – and also for fun!”