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New photography exhibition opens at North Tyneside hospital

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
New photography exhibition opens at North Tyneside hospital

A new exhibition featuring the work of a wildlife photographer has been unveiled at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The exhibition of work by Allan Potts, of Backworth, features images of wildlife and scenes taken in the North East and further afield and is on display between the x-ray department and the chapel.

It is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Healing Arts Programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Farmer Allan, who has been involved in nature and wildlife photography for the past 45 years, said: “I have lived in this area all my life and we are so fortunate to have such wonderful wildlife on our doorstep.

“I hope this collection of photographs will make people aware of the beauty and fragility of nature and the importance of protecting it for the generations to follow.

“I have attended this hospital for a number of years since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and the staff have looked after me tremendously.

“I am delighted to be able to showcase my work there and hope by bringing a small part of the countryside into the hospital it will bring joy to all.”

Allan has previously been awarded a fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society; his work has also won many awards including commendation in the Natural History Museum’s ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ competition.

Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Allan’s photographs are excellent and are reminder of the beautiful part of the world we live in.

“I am delighted he has chosen to display his work in our hospital and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors alike.”