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Newcastle College student exhibition on show at North Tyneside hospital

Thursday, 12 May, 2016
Newcastle College student exhibition on show at North Tyneside hospital

A new art exhibition showing the work of students has been unveiled at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The exhibition features artwork by 20 students aged 16 to 18 studying on the Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Newcastle College. 

The year-long exhibition, on the main corridor next to the surgical day unit and Haven garden, is part of an on-going partnership with the college.

It is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s long standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Paula Adams, lecturer in art and design at Newcastle College, said “This has been an excellent opportunity for Newcastle College students to work with the trust’s healing arts programme on an exhibition of their artwork at North Tyneside General Hospital. Our students have made beautiful and imaginative artwork that perfectly complements the hospital environment. The project has given students the chance to work with their local community whilst developing their professional profile as the next generation of artists, illustrators and designers.”

Kelly Richardson, 17, from Birtley, whose work features in the exhibition, said: “I feel so honoured to have my artwork displayed for lots of people to see every day and I hope that it will help staff, patients and visitors at the hospital.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Each year we look forward to seeing the exhibition provided by the students from Newcastle College and we are constantly amazed by the quality and variety of work that we receive.

“There is so much talent in the North East and it’s great to be able to showcase their work. I’m sure that the exhibition will be a big hit with the hundreds of patients, visitors and staff who visit North Tyneside General Hospital each week .”

The exhibition is also part of Northumbria Healthcare’s work to forge links with local communities.