Student art exhibition unveiled at hospital
A new art exhibition displaying the work of students has been unveiled at North Tyneside General Hospital.
The Art of Healing features 21 works by 16-18 year olds studying an 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 – particularly the elderly – visitors and staff.
The year-long exhibition, on the main corridor next to the Children’s Ward, is the first time that students’ work has been displayed outside the college.
Paula Adams, lecturer in community of learning and contextual influences (art and design) at the college, said: “This project has given students the opportunity to work with an external organisation, exhibit their work in a real-life situation outside the college and develop their professional profile as artists, illustrators and designers.
“Healing Arts aims to provide environments for patients which support the healing process. They know from research that the quality of that environment can have an impact on patient recovery and that artworks contribute to that.
“The students responded to this with artworks which are uplifting, joyous and beautiful. They display the highest levels of creativity, ambition and professionalism. It has been a privilege to work with Healing Arts and we are all keen to see how patients and visitors will respond to the artworks.”
Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare who thanked the students at the opening, said: “We are keen to involve all sectors of the community to help us improve the quality of our environments through art to support the healing process for our patients.
“We are delighted with the artwork that the students have produced and wish them well for their studies. We look forward to the exhibition being enjoyed by patients, visitors and staff.”
The 11 students involved in the exhibition are Christopher Fudge, Amy Hume, Kirsty Kelly, Craig Kendal, Charlotte Major, Melissa McNab, Loren Nielsen, Kate Ralph, Jessica Ramm, Andrew Robinson and Caitlin Taylor Vasey.
The exhibition is also part of Northumbria Healthcare’s work to support educational opportunities for local people and forge links with communities.
To find out more about Northumbria Healthcare’s healing arts programme and art in hospitals visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/charity or contact 0191 203 1354. To find out about the range of courses available at Newcastle College, visit www.newcastlecollege.co.uk or call 0191 200 4000.