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‘Tree of life’ artworks unveiled at The Northumbria hospital

Thursday, 14 July, 2016
‘Tree of life’ artworks unveiled at The Northumbria hospital

Two special embroideries showing the ‘tree of life’ have gone on display at The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

The embroideries, which can be seen in the main entrance area and restaurant, were created by a group of women following a series of community workshops organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Nearly 30 people contributed to the artworks, including friends of the group and children.

The embroideries are part of the trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at the trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the embroideries and want to thank everyone involved for their contribution.

“They really are stunning artworks of the highest quality and demonstrate such a variety of skills and styles and shows what a wealth of talent there is in the area.

“Much thought went into the type of things that should be included – if you look closely you will see all sorts of things, even a bird’s nest made with twigs! The level of detail is astonishing. It’s clear that everyone involved put a lot of care and effort into their individual pieces, which were all hand sewn.

“We have been receiving lots of positive feedback about the new artworks and hope they bring enjoyment to people visiting the hospital.”

For further information about our healing arts programme contact 0191 203 1354 or email