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Newcastle College student exhibition unveiled at North Tyneside hospital

Thursday, 18 June, 2015
Newcastle College student exhibition unveiled at North Tyneside hospital

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

The exhibition features artwork by seventeen students aged 16-18 who are studying Art and Design Extended Diploma at Newcastle 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.

The year-long exhibition, on the main corridor next to the children’s ward, is part of an on-going partnership with Newcastle College.

Paula Adams, lecturer in art & design said: “This project has given students the opportunity to work with their community whilst developing their professional profile as the next generation of artists, illustrators and designers.”

“Healing Arts aims to provide environments for patients which support the healing process. The students responded to this with twenty artworks for the exhibition. These artworks are beautiful and imaginative, demonstrating the creativity, ambition and professionalism of the students.”

“It is always a privilege to work with Healing Arts and we are all keen to see how patients and visitors will respond to the artwork.”

Zoe Donaldson from Hexham said: “It feels great to know that hundreds of people will see our work every day and to know that our work will help to make the patients feel better and more comfortable in their surroundings.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts & patient environment said: “We are delighted with the artwork that the students have produced and wish them well for their studies. For many years the trust has worked closely with local schools, colleges and universities to provide opportunities to exhibit work or respond to a professional brief to support their education portfolios. We are so lucky to have so many talented young people in the north-east and to be able to showcase their work. I’m sure that the exhibition will be a big hit with our patients, visitors and staff.”

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

To find out more about Northumbria Healthcare’s healing arts programme and art in hospitals read here