Exhibition brings together the power of words and photography
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has partnered up with local photographer Andy Craig to host an exhibition that showcases the work of its staff experience programme, whilst incorporating powerful imagery too.
“During all these weeks of lockdown, we have all shown our appreciation for our NHS and key workers in whatever way we can. I decided to ‘do my bit’ by delving into my archive of Northumberland landscapes and seascapes to publish a series of photographs dedicated to Northumbria Healthcare Trust workers.
I’m used to wandering the Northumberland coastline every day and have been putting my daily photographs on my blog for more than 12 years, but this all had to stop when lockdown was imposed and, like everyone else, I was suddenly very limited about where I could go.
Although I used my daily exercise to get out and about and take photographs as much as I could, I decided it was a good opportunity to look through my archives and post daily photographs with the theme ‘This is What We’re Fighting For’. From the end of March 2020 I worked with the Northumbria Healthcare Trust dedicating each post to a team within the Trust. I thought it would run just for that month but of course, as we all know, lockdown didn’t stop so I carried on posting photographs for the NHS and it in the end my project went on for 3 months. By the end of June 2020 there were over 100 photographs in the series.
My photographs seem to have been well received. I’ve had some lovely comments along the way and I’m delighted that my photographs brought some happiness to Northumbria staff.
I’m accompanied on my daily walks by Daisy the lurcher and she’s done her bit by sharing my posts on her Twitter and Instagram accounts too! Daisy features in a few of the photographs herself.
As lockdown restrictions are lifted I hope to be able to get back to earning a living again through my photography, video work and photography training. I am very grateful to Northumbria NHS Trust for putting on this exhibition of my work. I hope you enjoy the photographs and that we can all return to enjoy our beautiful coastline soon.”
Annie Laverty, chief experience officer added: “Covid has made me truly appreciate times spent outdoors, and the real beauty of Northumberland – I feel very lucky to live here. During the first few weeks of the pandemic, I shared many of Andy’s images on Facebook. They proved to be immensely popular and uplifting – showing local coastal scenes and nature at a time when visiting outdoors was restricted.
We were so grateful to Andy for his kindness and generosity in sharing these exceptional images of the place we call home. It was a privilege to be able to share these photos on the staff Facebook page each day – such a thoughtful way of saying thank you to all of our incredible staff, for all they have done, and continue to do.”
You can see the art work in the online gallery here: http://andycraigphotography.co.uk/?page_id=1206
The exhibition has been organised by the trust’s Bright Northumbria charity with funding from NHS Charities Together.
Over the past 20 years Bright has developed an award-winning healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff. For information see www.northumbria.nhs.uk/charity