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Creative Arts for Wellbeing
Creative Arts for Wellbeing was an arts project delivered with the Occupational Therapy teams at the new mental health Hospital in York, Foss Park.
This project gave service users creative opportunities by providing artistic weekly sessions to support the wider programme of care.
Staff, worked with freelance artist Griselda Goldsbrough, engaged in creative processes during three phases, learning new skills. These experiences helped shape the creation of over 20 art resource boxes, made with Art volunteers for staff to use as ongoing tools of creativity in their programmes.
Image shows three close up photographs of handmade sculptures: The Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and Griffin from Alice in Wonderland. The montage is an overview of the display.
Murals were created with the artist, volunteers, staff and service users in two wards, permanently placing arts and well being in the environment. This work shows some of the artwork produced which has also been displayed at Foss Park.
The project was funded by The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Whitwam Family Charitable Foundation and The Purey Cust Trust.
PURUSHA-NARI - Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran
This week the Arts Team were delighted to install an exhibition of artworks by Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran, an ophthalmologist working at Scarborough Hospital. The exhibition is on display in the Upstairs Gallery at Scarborough hospital (between Pat's Place Restaurant and the Stroke Unit) and runs until the end of November 2021.
Image: Two coloured sketches of women
Dr. Bhaskaran is a natural meditator who is influenced by the practice of Self as Supreme. The inspiration for Dr. Bhaskaran drawings comes from Purusha, whom she believes is Supreme life force manifest in all creations on earth and the entire Cosmos. PURUSHA-NARI (supreme-feminine) is the focus of this series of sketches, taking inspiration from the Rishikas who existed on Earth and who could excel men in their intellectual capabilities. Dr. Bhaskaran’s faces and figures are of those people who can see beyond to be with the Seer, hear beyond to be with the Hearer, and know beyond to be with the Knower
The artworks are created in pastel pencils taking an earthen or terracotta hue deliberately to connect with the earth and living elements. All the works are quick sketches on paper with the strokes on the surface left untouched, sometimes to be covered by new marks but never erased.
Image of exhibition of six framed drawings and a person looking at them along the corridor of Scarborough Hospital.
To find out more about Dr. Bhaskaran's art you can visit her website on www.truesketches.com
GERARD HOBSON PRINTMAKER
The Arts Team are delighted to exhibit Gerard Hobson's lino prints at York Hospital.
Image shows six animal inspired lino prints on display at York Hospital
From a young boy Gerard always had two great loves, wildlife and art. his career advisor told him that no one really gets a job as an artist. so, he followed his passion for wildlife and became a zoologist. Gerard did this for a number of years and then moved into other areas of work and enjoyed art in his spare time. About 12 years ago he was made redundant, and he felt that this was a now or never opportunity to pursue his love of art and see if he could make a living out of it. he went on a print making course at York College and his journey began…..
He started off working on his kitchen table at home using the traditional printing method of a wooden spoon, which belonged to his grandmother. From these small beginnings he began to produce a distinctive style and he took the next tentative step forward into becoming a freelance artist. he now has a studio space in his garden and in the last year has opened a shop in York.
Much of his work is hand coloured limited edition Lino prints with a focus on nature and wildlife, inspired by the countryside around where he lives in York.
Gerard’s exhibition can be found on the main corridor at York Hospital at junction 3 until September 2021. You can find out more about the artist’s work on his website www.gerardhobson.com
The Arts Team are delighted to be exhibiting Alan Wise's photography at York Hospital.
Alan's work captures the play of light on landscapes and he has a passion for the great outdoors.
'My favourite subjects are landscapes and nature, although I do like a good city/urban shot. Recently I’ve been exploring the Lake District, hiking and wild camping up the dramatic fells, capturing some amazing sunrises and sunsets.'
Yorkshire based, one of his favorite locations to photograph is Sutton Bank, overlooking Lake Gormire and the white stone cliffs. Self taught, with the help of ‘how to’ YouTube videos and photography magazines, his style is colourful and sometimes quite moody. He enjoys letting the weather create a more dramatic photograph.
This exhibition is between J-7 & 8 of York Hospital’s main corridor and is on show until mid-September.
All artworks are for sale for more information about Alan please click here
The Totally Brilliant Adventures of Colin the Rat
‘The Totally Brilliant Self-Isolated Adventures of Colin the Rat’ is an online comic strip that emerged during the first lockdown. Created by York artist Gareth Jones, it follows the day to day adventures of Colin - a well-intentioned thirty something rat who’s trying his best to make sense of the crazy world around him.
Gareth Jones is a York based artist with a background in digital media. His work takes on different forms, including digital images, animation, video and comic illustrations. The main aim of his work is to spread a bit of joy through the use of bright colours, and comedic themes.
For more Colin cartoons, head over to Facebook.com/garethdoesart.
These prints along with any on the Facebook page are available to buy. Please email Gareth directly.
The exhibition is on display along York Hospital's main corridor, between J5-6 until September 2021.
Seascapes by Beverley Senturk
We’ve recently installed a new exhibition of Scarborough seascape photographs by staff member Beverley Senturk. The exhibition is in the main gallery space at Scarborough hospital in the outpatients corridor on the main entrance level.
Beverley is a full time Outpatients Services Administrator who has worked for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for over 6 years.
From childhood Beverley had a keen interest in photography which was encouraged by her late father. Born and bred in Scarborough and living a stone’s throw away from the seafront secured her passion for landscape and wildlife photography. She still continues to capture the beautiful coastline and countryside of this part of North Yorkshire.
Beverley enjoys sharing her work in the hope that it will lift people’s spirits. Her photography has won a number of competitions and her images are regularly used by local media which encourages her that people are enjoying them as much as she loved taking them.
The artwork is for sale. To enquire please email Beverley directly.
Artwork by Fiona Lane
Fiona is a mixed media artist painting seascapes and landscapes, mostly on canvas which she frames herself. She loves working with colour and light, creating pictures described as "almost 3D" and "soothingly immersive".
Image: Montage of the four paintings along the main corridor of York Hospital, the paintings are abstract paintings using seascapes and landscapes as there inspiration
A self-taught artist, Fiona is always developing her style. She stretches and smoothes paint which she applies with palette knives and brushes, adding details with other media. Fiona prefers to paint outside, whether in the woods, by the sea or in her flower-filled York courtyard.
Fiona is continually inspired by the diverse beauty of the Yorkshire countryside on her doorstep but takes her paints with her wherever she goes.
The exhibition runs until September 2021 and is located on the main corridor at York Hospital between J5 & J7.
Between the Lines - Living with Dementia
Karen is a York artist and covers many subjects and techniques but portraiture is her love.
Karen spent many years caring for her mum and this collection of portraits captures a few of the people that Karen met on that journey.
Image: Montage of portrait paintings of people with Dementia
This artwork is on display along York Hospital's main corridor, between J5-7 until September 2021. Some of the artworks shown are for sale.
To find out more about Karen's art visit www.karenwinshipart.co.uk
In ‘normal’ times artist Adrienne French’s work is usually based on observations and interpretations of old & new landscapes. From local places to further afield, but this year we have all been restricted in our travel.
“I felt so lucky to have had both my own small garden to retreat to, and also across the road from me there is a lovely public park Glen Garden’s where every week I usually work alongside a small group of volunteer gardeners”
The importance to our mental and physical health of access to outdoor space has been really highlighted in the last couple of years.
Image: Montage of nine abstract paintings of flowers
“My garden, the public garden and allotment have been a real source of comfort to many, including myself and reinforced my belief in the power of gardening to help induce a sense of wellbeing. These paintings are my expression of hope, of better times to come.”
All artworks are for sale and Adrienne will also be showing her work at:
York Cemetery Chapel – ‘Inspired’ Group Show June 26th / 27th 2021 10:00-18:00
York Open Studios – July 10/11th & 17th /18th 2021
York Printmakers ‘Imprint’ Exhibition at 2021
Inspired by Gallery, North York Moors Centre 2021
Click here to find out more about the artist.
The display can be seen (when COVID restrictions allow) at J3, Main Street, York Hospital until September 2021
New Arts exhibition at York Hospital
We are delighted to be exhibiting Norma and Michael Woodford artistic creations - two pensioners who have no training or a background in the arts, who felt inspired to make beautiful scenes during the lockdowns.
The couple, who were shielding, found themselves taking their exercise by means of walks through local woodland. Norma began collecting interesting pieces of wood to use as her bases and then with pieces of salvaged wood make small scenes as a way of passing the time. Eventually after initially helping with the difficult cuts to some of the wooden pieces, Michael was also drawn into building the models and perhaps a little bit of competition was founded!
Image: Montage little hand created wooden models
The models depict scenes from the imagination, the memories of places that have been visited on holidays, a church from a previous home village and even their son’s semi-detached home in York, complete with the 80yr old holly tree in the courtyard. The scenes show what can be achieved without any formal training and the couple will tell you how making the models and revisiting memories helped them to pass the time during the isolation of shielding and lockdown, making it fun and more bearable.
The display can be seen at J3, Main Street, York Hospital
The Christmas display is brought to you by the Arts Team to hopefully brighten your day and add some Christmas cheer. Most of the decorations have been created by patients and staff members over the years.
Image: Montage of Christmas decorations in the 3D space
The hanging bauble illustrations are designed by staff members/artists Simon Murray – IT Support Services and Katrina Mansfield who currently has an exhibition on the main corridor of York Hospital between Junction 7-8 (see below).
The Christmas display can be seen at J3, Main Street, York Hospital.
York Teaching Hospital staff member Katrina Mansfield is an artist who creates fluid art animal inks. Her chosen medium involves working with ink on Yupo paper, creating vivid and fascinating paintings of animals. This type of paper allows a longer working time with the ink.
Image: Monatge of fluid art animal inks on Yupo paper
Creating these vivid and fascinating artworks is a skilled process, typically taking between 15 – 60 hours to complete. Katrina masks separate areas, working the ink into each of them using a blending solution. This technique enables the ink to flow freely across the page creating captivating patterns and shapes. Katrina explains “The ink is moved around the paper with a hairdryer to help create the unique patterns and I only use a brush if I have no other option, or to add the white of the eyes, everything else is formed from the natural flow of the ink.”
Katrina adds “Working in ink can produce magical results that you can lose yourself in for hours. It can also destroy the most striking pattern in the blink of an eye; it is exactly like nature itself, devastatingly beautiful. This is why she chose the subject of animals. “The creatures of this earth are both fragile and unbreakable, they are flawless and yet also imperfect. They add colour to our human lives, yet they are increasingly in danger of becoming extinct through our actions. This series is a reminder to all that we need the diversity, beauty and intelligence of these creatures in order to survive.”
You can follow Katrina's artwork on her instagram or facebook pages Katrinamansfieldartist or on her website
This exhibition will run from December 2020 to January 2021, between junctions 7 & 8 of York Hospital’s main corridor.
The Arts Team are proud to be displaying this collection of posters at York Hospital, in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The exhibition is a selection of work submitted for the Eleanor Worthington Prize 2019, under the theme of ‘Disability Pride. Hidden Disabilities”. It is part of a programme of events for York Disability Week, 28 November to 5 December 2020.
Image: Posters by students taking part in the Eleanor Worthington Prize.
The Eleanor Worthington Prize is awarded to students of Art Schools at University level by the Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington, based in Urbino, Italy. It celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities for work in the visual arts on the theme of disability. The Prize has been established in memory of Eleanor Worthington, a severely disabled Anglo-Italian young woman whose enthusiasm for living inspired so many. She lived in York and in Urbino, Italy.
The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held on 3 December each year and aims to increase awareness, and promote the rights and wellbeing, of persons with disabilities.
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This exhibition will be on display down the main corridor of York Hospital between junctions 5 and 6, from 20 November - end of December 2020.
We are delighted to be exhibiting Martyn Simpson's artwork, these colourful Yorkshire landscapes embrace Martyn’s love for wildlife, walking and the countryside.
Image: A montage of five paintings of Yorkshire landscapes
He studied Fine Art and Technical Illustration at Sunderland University and now enjoys painting famous Yorkshire scenes and landmarks, adding small quirky details to his paintings.
Martyn says “I have always greatly appreciated the Yorkshire scenery and love to spend time outdoors, either walking or camping, whenever I can. My original paintings are in oil and I like working with strong colours as they add depth and vibrancy to my work.
I am often asked to paint a commission of a favourite view for a customer and these also tend to be mostly of Yorkshire. For many people my work prompts happy memories of places visited, good times and holidays had, and even school trips”.
This exhibition will be on display down the main corridor of York Hospital between October 2020 - March 2021
Portraits by Alice Evans Goodwill
The Arts Team are delighted to be showing Alice Evans Goodwill’s paintings. Initially Alice sketched her own hands with inks, on her days off to take her mind away from work.
“I found the wrinkles, cracks and inconsistent skin tone interesting. Coronavirus brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives as our work changed daily and everyone faced the challenges of unfamiliar departments and new teams of people. I began paintings my work colleagues as their expressions say a lot about them as individuals, capturing the great team I work alongside.”
Alice works in Recovery at York Hospital after graduating from York University in Nursing.
She has a background in the arts and paints people, animals and textural landscapes working from sketches, photographs and life. If you would like more information you can visit her Facebook site @GoodwillPortraits
To find out more about the exhibition here is a link to BBC Look North https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-54825031
This exhibition will be on display down the main corridor of York Hospital between October-November 2020
The Arts Team are delighted to be displaying new art on the walls of York Hospital by Gareth Jones a York based artist with a background in digital media.
His work takes on different forms, including digital images, animation, video and comic illustrations.
The main aim of his work is to spread a bit of joy through the use of bright colours, and comedic themes.
For more information you can visit Gareth’s Instagram or Facebook @garethdoesart
This work will be on show down the main corridor of York Hospital between J5-7 until Jan 2021
Beth Morgan - Walk at South Bay, Scarborough
Living and working in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, her work echoes her experiences in the natural world and walking is an important part of her creative practice. She is inspired by specific moments in the walks, from within the landscape and by the visual forms she has encountered.
The paintings and ceramics on show are in response to a walk along South Bay Beach in Scarborough and all items are for sale to find out more about Beth's art click here
This exhibition will be on display on J3 at York Hospital until December 2020
York Printmakers - Seascapes & the Coast
The Arts Team are delighted to show a new exhibition by York Printmakers at York Hospital.
In 2015, a dozen or so printmakers from the York area got together and formed York Printmakers. The group now numbers about fifty members and meets monthly to share work and ideas in an informal way. It is an opportunity to show our prints around the table, chat about processes and learn from each other.
Members work in a wide variety of methods including: Etching, linocut, collagraph, monotype, screen print, solar plate, Japanese woodblock and lithography. This exhibition showcases some of the groups array of skills with a wide variety of printing techniques and styles on show.
Thanks to York Printmakers for helping bring a little bit of the seaside to the hospital. To find out more about the group please click here
This exhibition will be on display on J3 at York Hospital until November 2020
Seascapes by Carolyn Coles
The Arts Team are delighted to show local artist Carolyn Cole's atmospheric and impressionistic large seascapes alongside Alison Taylor's photographs of Waves at the main corridor of York Hospital.
Carolyn's use of palette gives her work identity and life. Painting mostly on canvasses in oils/acrylics, she uses palette knives and flat brushes. Carolyn's formal artistic education began with studying General Art and Design at York College, then specialising in Illustration at Hereford College of Art and Design.
With a career that encompasses marketing art materials to graphic design and illustration in journalism, Carolyn now devotes her time to painting, exhibiting and selling work both on the home market and internationally.
All paintings are for sale. To find out more about Carolyn please click here
This exhibition will be on display between junctions 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor from June 2020
Seascapes by Alison Taylor LRPS
Alison Taylor is a York based photographer specialising in seascape and landscape photography. The photographs displayed at York Hospital were taken in March 2019 at Newhaven.
They show the awesome 50mph winds blowing off the Atlantic. Crashing off the sea wall and then ricocheted into the waves behind forming huge magical shapes.
“Waves are very much taken for granted but in every wave there is an incredible power which can be captured by the camera showing the intimate detail of what happens during the short lifespan of a wave."
All photographs are for sale. To find out more about Alison's photography please click here
This exhibition will be on display between junctions 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor from March to October 2020.
Paintings in Hospitals artworks in Endoscopy
National organisation, Paintings in Hospitals, have taken on an exciting new exhibition space in the entrance to York Hospital’s Endoscopy Suite. Over 8 meters of hanging rail provide space for changeable exhibitions, bringing high quality art to those visiting and working in the department.
Philip Wiseman was a qualified electrician who in his twenties took up painting as a hobby then completed a Fine Art degree at York St John University. From an early age Philip enjoyed drawing and painting the world around him, nurturing this creative character through the years to develop a feeling for colour and atmosphere.
Philip’s passion was painting landscapes, coastal scenes and still life, he enjoyed capturing the superb light quality of the East Coast, the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and many other places he visited on his travels.
His ambition was to share the creativeness that had brought so much pleasure. Phillip passed away in November 2016 after a long fight with cancer leaving a rich collection of paintings that he created throughout his lifetime.
This collection reflects Philip’s interests in the effects of light and his personal vision of the beautiful places. To find out more click here
The exhibition will be on display between junctions 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor from March to October 2020
York Camera Club
The Arts Team are delighted to be exhibiting a collection of photographs by York Camera Club this is a collaboration with St Leonards Hospice, featuring 12 images taken by the club and published in the St Leonard’s Hospice calendar. The Hospice is marking its 35th anniversary in 2020 and there is one picture to represent a scene each month across their catchment area.
York Camera Club is a small, friendly and inclusive group of enthusiastic photographers with a variety of photographic talents and interests. Members represent all ages and levels of experience, from keen beginner to accomplished photographer. It aims to deliver friendly assistance and encouragement in all areas of photography, as well as promoting the photography through regular meetings and displays, both online and in public spaces.
The club offer opportunities to hear guest speakers, enter regular competitions, practical photography sessions, quizzes, summer outings and social events. Meetings are held in the Community Hall of St. Edward the Confessor in Dringhouses on Thursday evenings, running between the first week of September and the last week of April.
All photographs on display are for sale, for more information about the club please click here.
The exhibition will be on show between Junctions 7-8 of York Hospital's main corridor running from Feb-Oct 2020
It was a pleasure to see artist Pete Baker create his installation The Building Blocks of Life in our 3D Space at York Hospital.
The artwork is about the force of nature and how it can be detected in all living things; these forces are integral to our human-ness. One of these forces is the urge for enquiry, to question things, to stretch ourselves, to amuse ourselves.
The wooden blocks on display contain at least one knot. The knot represents the force of nature within trees; the sprouting of branches. The branches spring from the trees’ central core, forcing a path through the trees’ wooden fibres. The disturbance’s made by this journey/force leave their traces in the wood, producing beautiful abstract patterning; the wood grain.
This work is a partnership combining the human force of nature with the trees’ force of nature, and their need to produce branches. For more information on Pete click here
This exhibition will be on show from Jan 2020 - May 2020 on the main corridor at York Hospital.
Christmas Display 2019
Eileen Scott - Landscapes from the Scott Creative Arts Foundation
Michael and Eileen Scott were scientists and business people who in their fifties retired early to become full-time artists, writers and philanthropists. Their ambition was to share the richness of creativity that art brought to their lives, consciously supporting young artists and donating artwork to hospitals and hospices.
The Arts Team invited Scarborough Hospital’s Patient Experience Team with help from Gemma Carrott the Patient Access Manager to curate this selection of landscape paintings on show at Scarborough Hospital.
We asked the team to provide comments on how the paintings make them feel. This is complemented by Eileen’s thoughts on what painting meant to her.
The Scott Creative Arts Foundation (SCAF) was established in the last two years of Michael’s life, after Eileen’s passing. Founder Sue Armstrong continues to run SCAF, fulfilling the couple’s creative wishes. The foundation consists of just over 1000 pieces of artwork, a library of their books, diaries and photographs, narrative CD’s and videos.
In 2019 SCAF launched their Emerging Artist Award. This award was one of the most emphatic wishes of Michael and Eileen who wished to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding visual artists in the region. The finalist’s exhibition will be on display at Ornhams Hall, Boroughbridge, until 7 December 2019 before touring to The Rural Arts Gallery in Thirsk for 2 weeks beginning 2 March 2020.
This exhibition will be on show from November 2019 - April 2020 on the main corridor at Scarborough Hospital. To find out more about SCAF please click here.
You can also follow SCAF on
In June 2019 York GP Training Scheme organised a ‘Creative Forum’ for doctors training to be GPs in York and Scarborough. Everyone at the forum took part in creating a patchwork quilt.
The aim of the forum was to promote the positive benefit of the creative arts on health and wellbeing. Doctors attending the day participated in craft and singing and dancing activities to help them recognise the benefits of the arts for their own health and wellbeing.
Like the patches in a richly patterned quilt each part of our lives is an important piece of our identity. Together they tell our story as an individual, as a family, or as a community. The process of making the quilt allowed each individual attending to reflect on their identity, and the many aspects of their lives.
The event was a collaboration between individuals from: York GP Training Scheme, York Dance Space, The Stonegate Singers, Ways to Wellbeing and The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. Hosted by The National Centre for Early Music.
This exhibition will be on show from October - December on Junction 3 at York Hospital
Flowers by Eileen Scott
We are delighted to be exhibiting Eileen Scott's paintings on loan from The Scott Creative Arts Foundation.
Eileen Scott and her husband Michael were scientists and business people who in their fifties retired early to become full-time artists, writers and philanthropists. Their ambition was to share the richness of creativity that art brought to their lives, consciously supporting young artists and donating artwork to hospitals and hospices.
The Scott Creative Arts Foundation (SCAF) was established in the last two years of Michael’s life, after Eileen’s passing. Founder Sue Armstrong continues to run SCAF, fulfilling the couple’s creative wishes. The foundation consists of just over 1000 pieces of artwork, a library of their books, diaries and photographs, narrative CD’s and videos
The Arts Team have had the pleasure of exploring Eileen’s paintings and curating a selection of vibrant flower themed artworks. To Eileen they were not just flowers within a vase or a plant within a pot:
“Sometimes a plant will be a reminder of other life-forms……the leaves are as visually exciting as the flowers being reminiscent of herring gull wings soaring in flight.”
- E Scott 2007
This year SCAF launched their Emerging Artist Award. This award was one of the most emphatic wishes of Michael and Eileen who wished to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding visual artists in the region.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor between October 2019-January 2020.For more information on the foundation or the Emerging Artist Award exhibition, please click here. You can also follow SCAF on
Exhibition by Katrina Mansfield
We are pleased to be exhibiting local artist Katrina Mansfield's vivid and fascinating artworks at York Hospital.
These paintings use a skilled process, typically taking between 15 – 35 hours to complete. Katrina masks separate areas, working the ink into each of them using a blending solution. The technique enables the ink to flow freely across the page creating captivating patterns and shapes.
Katrina explains “I only use a brush if I have no other option, or to add the white of the eyes, everything else is formed from the natural flow of the ink. Working in ink can produce magical results that you can lose yourself in for hours, but it can also destroy the most striking pattern in the blink of an eye. The creatures of this earth are both fragile and unbreakable, they are flawless and yet also imperfect. They add colour to our human lives, yet they are increasingly in danger of becoming extinct through our actions. This series is a reminder to all that we need the diversity, beauty and intelligence of these creatures in order to survive.”
Katrina worked with participants at York Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre earlier in the year running art sessions, using her experience in the arts and theatrical set design to create a curious Alice in Wonderland themed set as part of a 6 week project. If your would like to find out more about Katrina click here
Katrina exhibition will be on display at junction 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor between September 2019-January 2020.
Landscapes by Malcolm Ludvigsen
A plein-air oil painter, Malcolm is best known for his Yorkshire seascapes and beach scenes.
Working as a professor of mathematics, specialising in relativity and cosmology Malcolm decided to take a sabbatical around 15 years ago and began painting for fun.
Inspired by John Ruskin's exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky, he decided to give it a go, and has not stopped painting since.
Malcolm believes that working outside, directly in front of the subject, gives his work a life and vibrancy sadly lacking in much of studio work. His paintings can be seen in homes and galleries throughout the UK and the USA - and many other places besides. In 2013 he won the Oldie, £5000, British Art Award.
All paintings in this exhibition are on sale at very reasonable prices either framed or unframed.
If you’d like more information you can ring Malcolm on 01904 633829 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
To view his website please click here
This exhibition will be on show from September 2019-January 2020 along the main corridor on Junction 3 at York Hospital.
Under the Sea
York Hospital is delighted to be showing this fantasy seascape made by York’s Get Together Group.
Over the course of four sessions from April to July the talented group worked with local Artist, Kat Wood, to make a fabulous variety of sea creatures and plants.
These weird and wonderful creations use a diverse amount of materials and techniques;
The coral, seaweed and starfish are made from builders expanding foam. Once set these were painted in bright colours by the group.
The group picked some of the sea creatures to be made using silk painting techniques and the funky fish are woodcut outs which are then adorned with sequins, gems, pom poms, feathers, fabrics and googley eyes.
Each scale of the mermaid’s tail has been individually printed by members of the group using inked up circular polystyrene.
Click here to find out more about Kat Wood Creates
This exhibition will be on show from August-September on Junction 3 at York Hospital
Exhibition with Things As They Are at York Hospital
THINGS AS THEY ARE is a network of young artists aged 14-26, based at York St John University, with lived experience of mental ill health, either their own or someone else’s.
The groups aim is to cut through the societal noise around mental health and to give an insight into what is actually causing the mental health crisis for today’s young people.
Working through all artforms from poetry, to songwriting, to storytelling, to visual art. The young artists involved want to reach out and show you things as they are.
For this project artists Mim Robson, Henry Raby and Hannah Davies looked to create self-portraits without faces at York Explore this process was then documented using photography by Elly Ross. These words and images form bridges between ourselves, our identities, the world around us, and now you.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor between June-September 2019.
Yorkshire in Oil
We're delighted to exhibit artwork by local artist, Martyn Simpson.
Originally from East Yorkshire, Martyn is a local artist who paints scenes from all across the region, capturing local life. Balloons, boats, bikes and even tractors feature in these varied landscapes from rivers and seas to fields and cityscapes.
These colourful Yorkshire landscapes embrace Martyn’s love for wildlife, walking and the countryside. Painted in oil there is a vibrancy and energy to the work.
Originals and prints of Martyn's work are for sale, he also offers pet portraits, commissions of houses and favourite places.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital's main corridor between May - September 2019.
We are delighted to be exhibiting work from Sharon McDonagh; formerly a high profile Police Forensic Artist, she now utilises her creativity working with disadvantaged and 'troubled' teenagers as well as working at York Hospital on an acute elderly medical ward as part of the nursing team.
“Being born in 1969 (quite a long time ago), my childhood was spent in the seventies. Our Grandparents had a house full of fabulous Danish inspired Mid Century furniture and my sister and I spent hours looking in our Nan's GPlan Fresco dressing table at all her jewellery. Since then I've had a passion for furniture from this era (1950's-1970's) and have been rescuing and renovating it for many years.
"I like to create art that takes inspiration from my childhood and life. I created these paintings based on some of my favourite pieces of furniture; I was also inspired to paint some of the iconic food from the Seventies and included some modern interior design aspects.
" 'Transition 01' concentrates on a row of buildings on Piccadilly which have already begun to be demolished. The whole project was exhibited during York Open Studios this year.”
Primarily painting with acrylic paint, Sharon uses pastel and pen to enable her to create texture and depth to her paintings and showcase her eye for detail.
All the artwork is for sale and Sharon also takes commissions for further information please click here
The exhibition will be on display along the main corridor, Junctions 5/6 at York Hospital until the end of September 2019
Toy Like Me Exhibition
The Arts Team are proud to present the Toy Like Me exhibition at Scarborough Hospital: Skating, swimming, playing and flying, the fun is endless. But look closely, these toys have some differences. Some have cochlear implants or hearing aids to help them hear. Others have prosthetic legs or a wheelchair to help them get around. Some of the toys have limb differences and some have machines helping them to breathe or monitor their diabetes.
This collection has been created by #ToyLikeMe and is on loan from Paintings in Hospitals. #ToyLikeMe is an arts and play based not-for-profit created in 2015 to draw attention to the lack of toys representing differently abled children. Journalist Rebecca Atkinson started adapting popular toys using modelling techniques. She then partnered with model maker Kate Read and Beth Moseley Photography to create this series of photographs with funding from Arts Council England. The photographs became popular through social media and were shared on news outlets around the world.
This exhibition is organised in partnership with #ToyLikeMe and Paintings in Hospitals who use art to inspire better health and wellbeing. Through the charity’s art collection and creative activities, Paintings in Hospitals transforms clinical environments into spaces that encourage, enrich, and empower everyone. The exhibition will be on show in Scarborough Hospitals main corridor from May to November 2019
The Tea Party
Look into the ‘rabbit hole’ and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination!
This curious Alice in Wonderland themed display was created during a 6 week art project in the Cancer Care Centre, led by local artist, Katrina Mansfield, and supported by Tanya McClelland.
Participants from the Creative Corner arts group learnt skills in set design; building cakes from expanding foam, making tea with epoxy resin and branches from toilet tubes and polyfilla.
Katrina Mansfield lives and works in York, but brought expertise in theatrical set design from London, where she worked in the West End for seven years. Her own artwork, inspired by the natural world, will be on display at PICA studios as part of York Open Studios in April. To find out more, click here.
If you’ve been affected by Cancer and would like to join the Creative Corner art group, pop along to the Cancer Care Centre on Tuesdays between 1pm – 4pm, artist-led sessions are free to attend and offer distraction and support through creativity.
You'll find this exhibition in our 3D space at junction 5 of York Hospital’s main corridor, on show between March - May 2019.
Smith and Genever
York Hospital's Arts Team are pleased to be showcasing prints created by Smith-Genever; a collaborative practice of visual artists Katie Smith and Kate Genever.
Working predominantly in stitch the pair develop text based artworks which respond to experiences of working with marginalised communities.
They have recently been working with young people at Ash Villa, a Lincolnshire inpatient unit for young people experiencing acute or complex mental health difficulties.
Katie explains: “we were able to work closely with patients and staff at Ash Villa, including the unit’s Art Psychotherapist, and with support from Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“By wearing a statement, the intention of each T-shirt is not only to make the wearer feel powerful but to encourage conversations with others about how we find our way through difficult times”.
Smith-Genever believe that art is a serious business and that alongside the creation of work that is authentic, powerful and relevant it can provide routes and opportunities for personal growth and the building of resilience.
The exhibition will be on display along the main corridor, Junctions 5/6 at York Hospital until the end of May 2019. To find out more about Smith & Genever click here
Light in the landscape
Local artist, Griselda Goldsbrough, has collated artwork inspired by light in the landscape from participants on the Discover Art and Drawing course run by Converge and York mind. The visual art sessions were over 8 weeks from October to December 2018.
York Explore supported the project and participants were able to visit the Archives to gain inspiration for their work looking at local landscapes. They also explored artists’ books and become creative in the space in the Marriott room.
York Minster also provided a tour and creative visit to the Chapter House – for sketching the stonework and windows.
The Converge Discover courses offer individuals the opportunity to develop connections with the city’s cultural life. Participants visit different art exhibitions and cultural venues within the city and use these to inspire their creative responses. The course is run in partnership with York mind.
Converge is a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers in the York region. It offers high quality educational opportunities to those who use NHS and non-statutory mental health services and who are 18 years and over.
We will be displaying this artwork in the 3D space on York Hospital’s main corridor from Jan - March 2019.
Illustrated York by Elliot Harrison
Elliot Harrison is a local York artist from South Bank. His Illustrations show York's iconic views and buildings. The large 70x50cm posters use a vibrant colour pallet, and include: Rowntree’s Chocolate Factory, Blossom St Odeon, St Helen's Square and Clifford's Tower.
Inspired by the vintage travel posters of the early 20th century and the colourful work of David Hockney. These have helped to brighten the main corridor.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between January– May 2019. To find out more about Elliot Harrison's art please click here
Photography by Chin Chean Yong
It was a pleasure to install the photographic exhibition by Yorkshire-based GP Chin Chean Yong.
The current display pays homage to Chin's love for photography and the great outdoors. To capture some of these moments he has hiked up mountains, pre-dawn or dusk, carrying up to 10kg of photographic equipment – never mind food and water! His biggest regret in life is that he had to leave his camera equipment behind when he ran the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – only because they did not fit in his running vest.
The images were shot using a variety of sony cameras (a7rii, a65v, a6300) on a combination of different lenses (adapted Tamron 70-200 2.8, SEL1635z, SAL1680DT, SEL55z).
He is passionate in other forms of photography, taking on collaborations, events and tutoring (architecture, portraiture, events, weddings, dronework, timelapses, hyperlapses).
This exhibition will be on display between Junctions 7-8 of York Hospital's main corridor running from January until Jume 2019. To find out more visit his facebook page ‘Chin Chean Yong Photography’.
Participants from Creative Corner have recently created this festive winter scene with help from York Illustrator, Tanya McClelland.
Having taken inspiration from the traditional Nutcracker ballet, the group have carefully produced elegant dancing paper snowflakes. The cheerful winter palace is brightly decorated and is accompanied by some very sparkly little birds to animate the scene and inject some colour and Christmas cheer.
The group would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at York Hospital a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy year ahead!
Creative Corner runs as part of the Cancer Care Centre’s complementary therapy programme at York Hospital. The weekly art sessions are drop-in for anyone affected by cancer and offer a wonderful opportunity to get creative with a professional artist.
Creative Corner is supported and funded by York Against Cancer and York Teaching Hospital Charity. We will be displaying this artwork in the 3D space on York Hospital’s main corridor until Jan 2019.
The Humans of Scarborough
Is an exhibition inspired by Humans of New York, a project initiated by Brandon Stanton in 2010 in which he set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the streets, ‘to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants’.
Thomas Cassidy, a foundation doctor and Elly Ross, Arts Co-ordinator in the Trust’s Arts Team and a freelance photographer, worked collaboratively to photograph and interview some of the individuals who work at Scarborough Hospital. Due to its popularity when it was shown in the main corridor at Scarborough Hospital the Arts Team are now exhibiting five of the photographs from the collection along the staff shop corridor. The exhibition speaks of shared human experience and caring for others.
The pictures will be on display from Dec 2018 - May 2019.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities Exhibition in Scarborough and York Hospital
The Arts Team are delighted to be displaying this collection of posters at Scarborough and York Hospital on the theme of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Communicative language through visual arts.
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. To mark this we are proud to show this exhibition of posters submitted for the Eleanor Worthington Prize in 2017.The Eleanor Worthington Prize is awarded by the Eleanor Worthington Prize Association (or: Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington) for work in the visual arts on the theme of disability.
Eleanor Worthington was a disabled Anglo-Italian young woman who was born in York, and died in Urbino, Italy, at the age of 26. Beneath her disability she was of high intelligence and had a forceful and engaging personality. Eleanor’s family, friends and school wished to transform her individual story into a collective experience with the aim of raising public consciousness of the issue of disability. The Eleanor Worthington Prize was established for this purpose.
The work on display here was submitted for the 2017 Prize, on the theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Communicative language through visual arts. Work was submitted by British and Italian students and shown in May 2018 at York St John University in York.
Toy Box Tales
We're delighted to exhibit Toy Box Tales in our Contemporary Gallery space at York Hospital between Nov 2018 until May 2019 on Junction 5-6. The collection has been created by #ToyLikeMe and is on loan from Paintings in Hospitals.
©#ToyLikeMe / Beth Moseley Photography. Images of children by Eloise Ross Photography
#ToyLikeMe is an arts and play based not-for-profit created in 2015 to draw attention to the lack of toys representing differently abled children. Journalist Rebecca Atkinson started adapting popular toys using modelling techniques. She then partnered with model maker Kate Read and Beth Moseley Photography to create this series of photographs with funding from Arts Council England. The photographs became popular through social media and were shared on news outlets around the world.
Skating, swimming, playing and flying, the fun is endless. But look closely, these toys have some differences. Some have cochlear implants or hearing aids to help them hear. Others have prosthetic legs or a wheelchair to help them get around. Some of the toys have limb differences and some have machines helping them to breathe or monitor their diabetes.
This exhibition is organised in partnership with #ToyLikeMe and Paintings in Hospitals who use art to inspire better health and wellbeing. Through the charity’s art collection and creative activities, Paintings in Hospitals transforms clinical environments into spaces that encourage, enrich, and empower everyone.
Artwork by Heather Boxall
Artist Heather Boxall celebrates the natural world with this striking collection of stripe paintings, on show in Yok Hospital.
Heather explains: “using regional bird tallies translated into vertical and horizontal bands of colour, the artwork comments on my experience of landscape, on nature and time, light and sense of place.
"In these schematic compositions, the plumage, beak and foot colours of birds, sighted whilst bird watching, dictate the colour palette. Chance sightings produce a random order of shades with which to work. I aim to create luminous surfaces that appear multi-faceted, an effect achieved with the use of beeswax.”
Tallies were collected in a range of settings, from Islay where the colour ranges are muted and calm, to Uganda, where ‘Four Kingfishers’ and other paintings in the series, sing in the festival colours of their plumage, a brilliant palette of lemon, peacock and kingfisher blues, chartreuse and moss green.
All artworks are for sale and will be on display at the Main Street Gallery Space at junction 3 of York Hospital's main corridor between September 2018 - January 2019.
Visit Heather’s website to see more of her work.
Art on the Renal Unit
In spring 2018 artist Van Nong worked with patients in York and Easingwold Renal Units, offering art distraction. Van explained: “Patients are often on dialysis for up to four hours at a time. Taking part in this creative engagement provides opportunity to enjoy the experience of painting or drawing with artist tuition.
“Initial reactions included ‘I can’t draw’ or ‘I haven’t touched a paintbrush since school’. Quite quickly patients found themselves engrossed in their work, most using their weak hand because their ‘good’ arm was connected to the machine.
“Patients commented on the satisfaction they felt when creating artwork and were surprised by how quickly their time on dialysis passed. The artworks on display show the breadth of their talents.”
This collection will be on display in the Peoples Gallery on York Hospital's main corridor between August - November 2018.
The Circus by Lu Mason
Artist Lu Mason presents this intricate installation in recognition of the NHS 70th birthday.
‘The Circus’ attempts to show the extraordinary feats of human beings; the risks we take and the acrobatic juggling acts. All in the knowledge that we have a system that can pick us up when we fall.
Lu explains “For the past 70 years we’ve had confidence and reassurance, knowing the NHS is behind us. Helping us through the unexpected, the accidental, and the inevitable twists and turns of life.
“We can’t even begin to measure the contribution that the NHS has made to our willingness to give things a go, and live life to the full.”
Happy birthday to our NHS. We hope you’ll be here for the next 70.
Lu's exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between August - November 2018.
York Camera Club Exhibition
The Arts Team are proud to present this collection of photographs by York Camera Club, focusing on landscapes, gardens and water.
York Camera Club is a small, friendly and inclusive group of enthusiastic photographers with a variety of photographic talents and interests. Members represent all ages and levels of experience, from keen beginner to accomplished photographer.
The club is affiliated to the Yorkshire Photographic Union. It aims to offer friendly assistance and encouragement in all areas of photography, as well as promoting the art of photography through regular meetings and displays, both online and in public spaces.
This exhibition will be on display between Junctions 7-8 of York Hospital's main corridor running from July until December 2018. To find out more about York Camera Club click here or follow them on Twitter @YorkCameraClub
The Genomes Project
Local artist, Griselda Goldsbrough, has collated artwork inspired by the 100,000 Genomes project in collaboration with the NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. Artists and scientists from across the region, participants from York Art Gallery’s monthly well-being art workshops and Converge participants have all taken part.
Participants were asked to consider the question “What does the genome mean to you?”
In answering the question, many ideas were explored around DNA, genomic medicine and treatments. Artwork was created in a variety of media, including 3D, painting, drawing and creative writing. The often complex and challenging subject matter lends itself well to the very different perspectives of how people view genomic medicine.
The exhibition runs across the 70 year anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5th July, and reflects narratives, images and the shaping of genomics from the past 70 years.
The Genomes Project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer. The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for.
The art pieces are on show in the Peoples Gallery from June - September 2018 and the 3D Space from June - August 2018 at the Main Corridor of York Hospital.
Heroes from Sue Clayton’s popular exhibition ‘York Heroes’ joined the Arts Team in celebration of this uplifting project. The exhibition features portraits of local heroes, all nominated by the public for improving the lives of York residents in one way or another.
The exhibition is on display at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between May – September 2018.
New Light Exhibition in Scarborough
New Light is a privately funded charity that supports and celebrates the artistic talent of the North of England.
The New Light Collection is a permanent collection of contemporary Northern art that is made available to everybody. By placing high quality visual artworks in hospitals, schools and other public spaces the New Light Collection is able to reach more people outside of the, sometimes daunting, gallery scene.
The Arts Team helped curate the current exhibition in Scarborough Hospital. These will be on display from June to October 2018.
Life by York St John Students
We are delighted to be displaying York St John University's BA Hons Photography students work along the main corridor at York Hospital as part of their Degree Show.
The Arts Team talked to the students about the Arts in Healthcare and they used the topic of Life to develop photographic projects. We then curatored which pieces would work best in the exhibtion space and online on the York Teaching Hospitals instagram site.
The exhibition demonstrates multiple ways in which artworks and ideas can extend beyond the academic environment and become disseminated into the public sphere.The intention is to inspire audiences and to explore the positive impact which art can contribute to the experience of the hospital environment.
This exhibition will be on display between Junctions 5-6 of York Hospital's main corridor running from June till October 2018.
York Heroes by Sue Clayton
In 2017 Sue Clayton set out on an ambitious project to paint the city’s great and good.
“The idea for the project came after the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015. I was aware that in York we all came together in the floods. It made me realise there are people out there who do amazing things and how nice it would be to celebrate them in painting.
“I wanted to find people who deserve recognition for making a difference to the lives of people in York and its surroundings, and asked the public to help me find six worthy subjects.
“It was important for me to meet and chat with each hero, giving me an insight into their personalities and characters. Look out for hidden references to this in the paintings.”
Whether it be a traditional oil painting, an illustration ready for a storybook or a papercut collage of press cuttings, each of Sue’s portraits is unique in content and style. To download the exhibition information, please click here.
Sue Clayton is a York based artist, to visit her website please click here. Alongside her professional practise she provides art classes across the city and has taken part in York Open Studios. Sue also welcomes commissions, to enquire please click here.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital's main corridor between May - September 2018.
We are delighted to be exhibiting some beautiful photography on York Hospital's main corridor between Junctions 5-6 . Mim Robson is an artist and crafts-person working primarily with nature, landscape and natural materials. She frequently works with pattern, from small scale images and mandalas created with petals, leaves and berries to huge land artworks on beaches, usually 40m in diameter.
Mim enjoys working with flowers, “The colours and shapes they offer create vibrancy, whilst their delicacy and connection to the natural landscape provides a peaceful opportunity for mindful art-making. Whilst the mandalas often have a sense of symmetry to them, on closer inspection many are not symmetrical. Imperfections in petals, leaves, and the pattern as a whole are included purposefully as a nod to the beautiful imperfections in life, so present in nature, and so seemingly unwelcome in our own lives, bodies and selves. The completion of these mandalas, and overall beauty of these images, inclusive of their imperfections, is perhaps a practice in self-acceptance, as well as a celebration of nature.”
Mim works as an Artist Workshop Facilitator. Her work includes sessions within the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital. Sessions run on Tuesdays between 1pm - 4pm, are free to attend and open to anyone who has been affected by cancer.
All artworks shown here are for sale, Mim is also available for commissions. Find out more by clicking here
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Between March - May 2018 in the 3D space on York Hospitals main corridor near junction 3 we will be exhibiting a collection of artwork from Creative Corner which runs as part of the Cancer Care Centre’s complementary therapy programme at York Hospital.The weekly art sessions are drop-in for anyone affected by cancer and offer a wonderful opportunity to get creative with a professional artist.
Participants have recently created this vibrant flock of birds with York Illustrator, Tanya McClelland. This band of feathered friends herald the arrival of brighter days ahead and celebrate the friendship, care and support often received in times of need. The artwork was inspired by York artist, Mark Hearld and his menagerie of paper birds.
Additional artworks displayed were created with artist Mim Robson.
Tanya produces hand drawn illustrations featuring birds and wildflowers, along with collaged, monoprinted and machine sewn paper quilts.
Find out more by clicking here
Photography by Zain Sheikh
We are delighted to continue to exhibit artwork by our amazingly talented staff. Zain Sheikh is a Core Surgical trainee in Yorkshire, pursuing a career in Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Surgery.
Zain’s enthusiasm for photography began with a disposable camera, as a young child he derived immense satisfaction in capturing moments in time.
During medical school Zain utilised his skills, photographing weddings, University Societies and nightclubs. His real passion lies in travel and astrophotography; taking his camera kit sea kayaking, up mountains and active volcanoes. Wherever his adventures take him his camera follows.
We will be exhibiting this collection in our Photography Gallery Space at junction 8 of York Hospital’s main corridor between February and July 2018.
We are delighted to be collaborating with New Light for a second time exhibiting their extensive collection of art. This exhibition helps enhance the care environment as part of the far-reaching and important role the visual arts has to offer for improved health and wellbeing.
The New Light Collection is a permanent collection of contemporary Northern art that is made available to everybody. By placing high quality visual artworks in hospitals, schools and other public spaces the New Light Collection is able to reach more people outside of the, sometimes daunting, gallery scene.
You can find this exhibition in the contemporary gallery space on York Hospitals main corridor between February - May 2018.
To find out more about New Light please click here
This historical exhibition combines Stephen Barrett’s photographic prints with informative panels from the York 800 celebrations.
Stephen Barrett works in York Hospital as a Domestic Assistant on ward 16. He started collecting original negatives and magic lantern slides of York and its railways around 25 years ago. His collection now holds several thousand images, many from the early 1900’s.
Stephens collection of prints will be on display at York Hospitals main corridor between January to April.
A Stitch in Time
Created during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, this artwork provided a platform for conversations about mental health.
Fulford Library staff and volunteers asked people to share their ideas about the little things that make them happy which then generated discussion about positive opportunities in the city. Participants at the Library contributed words, pictures, patterns and objects, all sewn onto the fabric, creating this collaborative artwork.
Mental health awareness week is an annual event, taking place between 14 – 20 May 2018. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem and the week gives people the chance to talk about a variety of issues.
We will be displaying this artwork in the 3D space on York Hospital’s main corridor between January and March 2018.
The Humans of Scarborough
This exhibition was inspired by Humans of New York, a project initiated by Brandon Stanton in 2010 in which he set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the streets, ‘to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants’.
Thomas Cassidy, a foundation doctor and Elly Ross, Arts Co-ordinator in the Trust’s Arts Team and a freelance photographer, worked collaboratively to photograph and interview some of the individuals who work at Scarborough Hospital.
The exhibition speaks of shared human experience and caring for others.
For full interviews and additional staff portraits follow the Arts Team on Instagram @yorkteachingnhs
Portraits by Patrick Bodley
We are proud to exhibit this collection of portraits by local artist, Patrick Bodley. Patrick originally attended St Martin’s School of Art in 1982 and went on to finish his degree at York St John University. Patrick explains: “My early work was mainly academic drawing and watercolour but as I developed I went into portraiture and more expressionist figure drawing.
“My latest work focuses on celebrities and models from magazine images, which I use to make Pop Art portraits. I am also developing a baroque Cubism using paste-ups, lettering, highlight and shadow and the Cubist figure.”
Patrick's exhibition will be on display between junction 5 and 6 in York Hospital from November 2017 to January 2018.
Bubbles by Peter Heaton
This collection of photographs was skilfully created by photographer, Peter Heaton. Peter studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and later gained an M.A. in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Peter has exhibited widely since 1987, his work being featured in many publications, in private collections internationally and on both BBC and ITV Television. In 2010 Peter left teaching in higher education, to concentrate on his own work and freelance commissions.
Over the last few years Peter’s work has revolved around the complexities of layering visual information and our interpretations of the resulting images.
The images in this collection are of real bubbles, they are not computer generated. Peter said: “The images took time and patience to achieve, out of hundreds these were the ones that I felt best captured what I was looking for. Each bubble represents the moment wherein reflections, surroundings and shifting surfaces blended together to produce a unique image of fragile beauty that lasted only for an instant.”
Bubbles will be on display in York Hospital’s Main Gallery Space at junction 5 between October 2017 and January 2018. To find out more about Peter’s work, please click here.
New Collection from York Photographic Society
We’ve teamed up with York Photographic Society to exhibit this collection of images by local photographers focusing on landscapes wildlife and flora. The exhibition is between junctions 7 and 8 of York Hospital’s main corridor.
York Photographic Society is a group of passionate photographers of varied ages, abilities and photographic interests. Their philosophy is to help members enjoy and improve their photography.
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, giving members the opportunity to see each other’s photographs and to share their experiences. Nationally renowned guest photographers frequently visit to exhibit and talk about their work. The Arts Team would like to thank members from York Photographic Society for contributing to this exhibition, as ever they’ve been a joy to work with and lent us some truly beautiful photos.
To find out more about York Photographic Society, to visit their website click here or follow them on Twitter @photo_york.
Claying with Words by Julia Davis-Nosko
Between August - November we will be exhibiting a collection of artwork by Julia Davis-Nosko, in celebration of the role of arts and the environment in creating wellbeing.
Julia works in text and clay to create dome and pod forms which can generate feelings of safety and harmony. The action of making both forms and words at the same time provides a tactile experience.
Using natural elements such as clay, pebbles, herbs, seeds and petals, Julia’s work explores the idea of making something which follows closely the cycles of life; recently her material remains as greenware (unfired clay) which, together with seeds and petals shrink, change colour and behave differently in all weathers, sometimes producing seedlings.
To find out more about the artist, please click here.
Exhibitions blog post
By Jodie Sheehan, University of York student
New Light Exhibition – Part 1
New Light is an organisation that aims to make contemporary art more accessible by loaning pieces from their collection to public spaces free of charge. Since 2010, New Light have been adorning charities and hospitals with high quality art, allowing more people to experience the pleasure of walking among and viewing the work of emerging artists, while also helping to promote and celebrate the artists who contribute to the collection.
York Hospital has recently received a varied selection of paintings, etchings, pastel pieces and other works, which take their pride of place along one corridor of the hospital. A few of the artists have several pieces of their work on display; for example, Emerson Mayes, who takes inspiration from wildlife for his art, has three. Among these are an acrylic piece called A Day on the River, along with two other pieces which are more similar in style, entitled February Goldfinches and Jaunty Jay. The latter is perhaps my favourite piece on display. Its media is hand-coloured drypoint, which means the artist has used a form of printmaking using a sharp needle like appliance, and then coloured certain areas by hand. I love the simplicity of the piece, with the almost, but not quite, monotonous black and white base of the image, enhanced with the sparing use of colours. It is as though the use of earthy colour on the apples against a colourless earth indicates the comparable stability and permanence of the apples compared with the jay who looks poised for instant flight at any moment. The dash of vibrant turquoise on part of its wing gives the bird a sense of vitality, adding to its apparently fleeting presence in the scene. Therefore the piece gives off a sense of liberty and independence; the jay is free to take flight away from the grounded apples whenever it chooses.
Several other pieces are also centred around natural themes, especially local landscapes. For example pieces by Brian Gates and Erin Ward depict scenes of the Dale, with Gates exploring the panoramic expanse of the ocean, while paintings by Ward depict the Dale’s muted, serene tones. Artwork with these natural and familiarly local landscapes as their inspiration is perhaps ideal for York Hospital, as they remind patients of an outside world while they are stuck getting treatment. They help to detract from the usual surroundings of sterile equipment and waiting rooms by providing an open-air scene for patients to lose themselves in.
Exhibitions blog post
By Jodie Sheehan, University of York student
New Light Exhibition – Part 2
Following on from a previous blog, I would like to discuss a few more of the artworks displayed in York Hospital as part of the New Light Exhibition. Fittingly, given the name of the organisation, a running theme that I noticed in several the pieces was light, which I will explore here.
Light appears to be the central focus of Anja Percival’s, Interior Light VI. Percival has created a series of pieces of work focused around light, especially the contrast between artificial and natural light. Interior Light VI is an etching (wax resist on aquatint) of a chandelier against a bright window in an otherwise quite dark room. The contrast between the two different light sources, the natural window-light, and the artificial light of the chandelier creates an interesting dynamic within the piece, playing with the different shadows and highlights created by both sources. In some areas, the window light and chandelier light are indistinguishable, for example, the glinting beads of the chandelier, which are the focal point of the piece, are positioned in a way that seem to catch light from all angles. By contrast, the areas above and to the sides of the curtains are left in darkness, illuminated by nothing, creating an almost eerie atmosphere.
While the chandelier is perhaps the epitome of the lavish, the glamorous, and the indulgent, the natural light from the window is perhaps glorifying what nature has to offer, the light we have at our fingertips. The fact that the windows are concealed by curtains while the chandelier is lit is possibly making a statement about the modern day refusal to make the most of the simple, inexpensive things we have, and instead indulging ourselves in what we don’t need. The room is otherwise bare and empty, so we are really forced to consider the light and nothing else. We are made to see a simple window, and something that is essentially just an electrical fitting, in a new way; both are important in that they allow us to see; there is a symbolic significance attached to this, as well as a practical one.
Maxwell Doig’s acrylic painting, Figure Reading on Grass 1, could also be said to incorporate a focus on light, though less obviously than Percival’s piece. The figure is lying on their back with the sunlight beating down on them, illuminating their entire body, and barely leaving anything in shadow. This illumination is reminiscent of a spotlight, as though the figure is being revealed to us, and yet this is strongly contrasted by the fact that they are covered from head to toe with a coat, hat and boots. The only part of them that is visible is one hand and a portion of their face, though even that is predominantly covered by the book they’re reading. This obscuration extends to the point where we cannot even be certain of the gender, emphasized by the title of the piece identifying them as an un-gendered ‘figure’. This conflict between illumination and concealment creates an interesting tension in the image, as though light is competing with the figure who does not wish to be seen, and is almost hiding away in their book.
Light is something experienced on a daily basis for most people, something that is probably taken for granted. In these pieces of work light is explored in interesting ways that provide food for thought. Something fairly mundane that is present all around is suddenly something that can be examined and marveled at.
This colourful exhibition comes from local artist, Lesley Williams. Lesley studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University followed by an MA in Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, and has gone on to work in the Art and Design industry for over 30 years.
Lesley works in oil and acrylic to create semi-abstract paintings depicting the play of light found on the surface and beneath the water in pools and ponds. She explains: “I aim to capture a moment where the colours dance, detailing translucence and reflection, rippling movement and mirrored surrounding plant forms.”
This exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between July and October 2017. All artwork within the exhibition is for sale. To enquire, please contact the artist directly.
To find out more about Lesley Williams click here.
Photography by James Sharp
James Sharp is an amateur photographer with a keen interest in wildlife. He has prepared this exhibition in the hope that it will bring a little happiness to the patients, visitors and staff of York Hospital. James is also raising money for York Teaching Hospital Charity’s children’s ward fund, set up to fund improvements to their facilities and environment.
James has been practising photography since childhood. He explains: “My first Camera was an Olympus OM10, bought for me by my father. He and my grandfather used this camera to teach me the basics of photography.
“I progressed onto a Nikon FE Film Camera with interchangeable lenses, more suited to wildlife and landscapes. I now use the modern digital range of Nikon cameras, enabling me to be more creative with wildlife photography whilst utilising the skills gained from using my film cameras.”
This exhibition will be on display in the People’s Gallery space between junction 5 and 6 of York Hospital’s main corridor until October 2017.
To see more of James' work please click here.
All framed photographs within the exhibition are available to purchase for £40, with 100% of proceeds going to charity.
To enquire, please contact the Arts Team via email.
New Light Collection
New Light is a privately funded charity that supports and celebrates the artistic talent of the North of England.
The New Light Collection is a permanent collection of contemporary Northern art that is made available to everybody. By placing high quality visual artworks in hospitals, schools and other public spaces the New Light Collection is able to reach more people outside of the, sometimes daunting, gallery scene.
This one-year exhibition in York Hospital will enhance the care environment as part of the far-reaching and important role the visual arts has to offer for improved health and wellbeing. Alongside the exhibition, New Light will be working with the Trust’s Arts Team to provide artist-run workshops and talks for patients and staff.
The New Light Collection was initially made possible by a generous donation from the Service to the Arts in Leeds (SAL). With their donation, New Light was able to purchase several pieces that represent some of the best visual art the North has today. Hang My Art has provided professional hanging and placing of the artworks to complement and reflect the quality of the selected pieces. We continue to add to the collection through generous donations from artists and supporters.
You can find this exhibition in the contemporary gallery space on York Hospitals main corridor between June - October 2017.
To find out more about New Light please click here.
Artwork by Philip Wiseman
Philip Wiseman was born in York and lived here all his life, completing his Fine Art degree at York St John University.
From an early age Philip enjoyed drawing and painting the world around him, nurturing this creative character through the years to develop a feeling for colour and atmosphere which is evident in his works.
Philip’s passion was painting landscapes, coastal scenes and still life, all of which convey an atmospheric content. He enjoyed capturing the superb light quality of the Vale of York, the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and many other places he visited on his travels.
This exhibition reflects Philip’s interests in the effects of light and his personal vision of these beautiful places.
Phil passed away in November 2016 after a long fight with cancer. In recognition of the fantastic care he received from York Hospital and the Community Care Team, his family will be donating a proportion of artwork sales to York Teaching Hospital Charity to support Cancer Care Services.
If you are interested in purchasing one of Philip’s paintings, please contact the Arts Team via email or call 01904 725265.
This exhibition can be found at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between April – July 2017.
A further exhibition of Phil’s paintings will be displayed at Heworth Church Hall, Melrosegate on Saturday 19 August 10am - 5pm. Please come along to see more of his work.
To visit Philip’s website please click here.
Collage by the Creative Corner
This display has been created to commemorate Philip Wiseman, whose exhibition can be seen nearby in York Hospital. Philip was a talented artist who sadly passed away in November 2016 following a long fight with cancer.
Above: Original artwork by Philip Wiseman and interpretive collages by Creative Corner participants
Taking two of Philip’s original artworks as inspiration for the project, Distraction Therapist Anne Hutchison has worked with participants from the Creative Corner, an informal group run in York Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre, to produce these collages.
Anne said: “We thought hard about interpreting some of Philip’s work in collage as this is a medium we particularly enjoy. His colourful, textural work depicting familiar, enjoyable environments really inspired us.”
The Creative Corner is available to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, directly or indirectly. The informal sessions run between 1pm – 4pm on Tuesday afternoons in the Cancer Care Centre and can be a real benefit in aiding the recovery process. The group is relaxed, having fun while creating original artworks and projects. If you’re interested in attending please come along to a session, we’d love to meet you.
Thank you to Kath Masterson and Jude Saunders for their hard work on this project.
This display can be seen in our 3D space near junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between April – July 2017.
Pushkar Mela by Sanjay Gupta
The Arts Team are delighted to display this collection of photographic prints by Sanjay Gupta, a Consultant Cardiologist here at York Hospital.
Pushkar Mela (or Pushkar) is an annual five day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India, where over 25000 camels are traded each year.
The fair draws thousands of tourists, photographers, camel traders, racers, locals and Hindu faithful who come to bathe in the sanctified lake Pushkar.
‘Collected here are a handful of images that I took from my trip to last year’s Pushkar Mela which aim to document the working lives of Pushkarites in the run up to and during the Mela.’ - Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay’s exhibition will be on display near junction 5 of York Hospital’s main corridor between April and June 2017.
To find out more about Sanjay Gupta’s photography, please click here.
Photography by Amanda Dean
The Arts Team are proud to exhibit this collection of photographs by Amanda Dean. Amanda works in the Catering Department here in York Hospital, enjoying almost 17 years with the Trust!
In her own time Amanda is a passionate photographer, producing photographs predominantly of landscape and wildlife.
“I started taking photographs in February 2015 when I bought my first DSLR camera, completing a 10 week online Foundation Photography course with Shaw Academy. I went on to complete an additional 6 week course, gaining a further qualification in Advanced Photography.
“I use Canon cameras and L series lenses and am pleased to say that my photos have made 'Picture of the Week' many times in the York Press.”
This exhibition will be on display at junction 7 of York Hospital’s main corridor between March and June 2017.
To visit Amanda’s website, please click here.
Artwork by The Hut
The Arts Team are delighted to exhibit this installation created by members of The Hut in Clarence Gardens, York.
The Hut provides a safe space for people with enduring mental health issues and/or learning disabilities. Members are encouraged to learn, socialise and develop new skills.
“We strongly believe that everyone needs purpose in their life and that having a focus can help those with mental health issues to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
“We strive to offer art and craft sessions accessible to all our members, no matter what their skill level. The final outcome is not the focus of these sessions, it’s the journey, the fun we have and the friendships formed on the way.”
To create this exhibition members were given blank hearts and asked to decorate them in any way they wanted; promoting choice, expression and individuality.
Members were asked a series of questions relating to their experience of The Hut and what mental health means to them. Each heart has a tag attached expressing their thoughts and comments.
This exhibition will be on display in the 3D space near junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between February and April 2017.
The Arts Team are delighted to exhibit two collections in celebration of the artistic skills of those with autism.
The exhibition features prints by Peter Myers, supported by Artistic Autistic. There are also a selection of beautiful canvases painted by children and young people from York Ausome Kids, the autism sub group of York inspirational Kids.
These collections will be on display on York Hospital’s main corridor between February and May 2017. Please scroll down for more information.
Peter Myers describes most of his art as abstract and introverted as he lets his imagination inspire his creativity, he describes this as ‘drawing blind’. Peter refers to his mind and imagination as constantly changing, shifting and flitting from one idea to another; like grains of sand sifting through his fingers, but he is able to capture the workings of his mind in extraordinary pieces of art.
For Peter, the most important aspect of his art is the process, the journey he takes from the moment he sets his pen to paper. Art is fundamental to Peter's life, as expressed in his own words “ My interest in art helped bring myself out of myself, and I consider it integral to my existence. It is a very personal, direct connection, self with self, and here I feel whole, at peace with my own being, happy”.
Peter’s art is promoted by Artistic Autistic, a Student enterprise run by a team of volunteer students at the University of York. Artistic Autistic sell a range of products, such as tote bags, coasters and prints, all displaying artwork created by Peter. Their aim is to spotlight Peter’s talent and raise awareness of autism.
Their #celebrateyourdifferences campaign encourages people to see their differences not as barriers, but as tools to be extraordinary.
To find out more about Artistic Autistic please click here
Canvas Art by York Ausome Kids
York Ausome Kids is a Facebook support group run by parent volunteers in York and the surrounding area. It supports the parents of children and young people with autism, Asperger’s and pathological demand avoidance.
As the autism sub group of York Inspirational Kids, it aims to provide a space for parent carers to interact with each other, ask questions and share information, all within a safe environment.
Latest news from the local authority, health and government bodies as well as parent to parent support is available. There is also information on groups, trips, events and grants.
Please join York Ausome Kids on Facebook to get involved. To find out more, please click here.
Photography by Ros Garland
The Arts Team are proud to present this stunning collection of photographic prints by Ros Garland. The photographer has been specially selected by According to McGee Gallery in York.
“I was always good at drawing and I made pocket money from drawing portraits as a kid. I wanted to be an illustrator and probably could have made a living from it. I actually got invited to judge some local art society exhibitions, I must have been fairly well regarded as an artist.
“Then one day someone my mother knew, said there was a traveller living on the Woldgate in Bridlington who had an interesting face and commissioned me to draw a portrait of him.
"I was in my first year at Art College, I had to go out and take some pictures for my photography primer course that week anyway, it was cold and I didn’t ‘really’ want to sit for hours drawing outside. So I thought I’d go and take a photo of the man to draw from. Mr Smith wasn’t that keen on posing for a portrait but he wanted a picture of his dog, so I photographed them both. (It turned out that he was a cousin of another gypsy family I knew from my childhood).
“I took the film home to develop it myself. I had bought the wrong type, it was something called XP1 and they didn’t have the right chemicals at college. It’s a wonder the film survived. But my tutors were very impressed with the photographs and made quite a fuss. I can’t remember if that lady ever got her drawing, but I specialised in Photography after that.
“I worked as a freelancer in Yorkshire and Lancashire through the eighties and nineties, photographing rural life and some of the traditional industries that were on the verge of disappearing at that point. I didn’t just photograph other people’s lives. I photographed my family life obsessively, my children as they were growing, not only birthdays and special occasions, but at play, fighting, first day at school, a visit to the dentists, ballet class, riding motorcycles. Because I used 35mm film, bought in 30 metre rolls and processed it myself, it was fairly cheap. I had ‘almost’ the freedom that carrying a smartphone camera gives everyone these days.
“I went on to get my Masters Degree in Photography from the University of Derby. I was an early adopter of digital media, including VR which is becoming popular again. I still make photographs and I teach at the University of Lincoln.”
- The Artist, Ros Garland
This exhibition will be on display near junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between February and May 2017.
Art Therapy Yorkshire in Scarborough Hospital
The Arts in York Hospital are delighted to display this collection of artworks by individuals engaging with Art Therapy Yorkshire sessions.
The artworks in this exhibition have been created by individuals engaging with the programs or services of Art Therapy Yorkshire, or those who are currently a member of one of their art therapy groups.
Art Therapy Yorkshire is a registered charity aiming to provide art psychotherapy for all age groups both from their studio base in Scarborough and through mobile services across Yorkshire.
Art psychotherapy is a psychological therapy which uses all types of art materials to help express thoughts and feelings. Clients do not need to have any previous art experience or talent as an artist; the therapy is about communicating thoughts and emotions through different images and objects, with little focus on the final outcome.
This long-term exhibition can be found on Scarborough Hospital’s south link corridor. To find out more about Art Therapy Yorkshire, please click here.
Nostalgia by Dr Eirini V Kasfiki
The Arts in York Hospital are delighted to display this collection of paintings by Eirini Kasfiki, a doctor from York Hospital .
Dr Eirini V Kasfiki was born in Greece and has been living in Yorkshire since 2008. Eirini is currently a medical registrar in Yorkshire Deanery and has created this series while working in York, inspired by the people that she had the privilege of caring for.
Painting and creating crafts is an activity she was taught by her mother. They paint in different styles and create crafts for friends and family.
To find out more about the artist, please visit her Facebook page ‘’World of Art’’. To purchase or commission an artwork, please contact the artist directly.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 7 of York Hospital’s main corridor between January and mid-March 2017.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The Arts in York Hospital are delighted to display this collection of posters on the theme of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. To mark this we are proud to show this exhibition of posters submitted for the Eleanor Worthington prize in 2015.
The Eleanor Worthington prize is awarded by the Premio Eleanor Worthington Association for work in the visual arts on the theme of disability.
Eleanor Worthington was a disabled Anglo-Italian young woman who was born in York, and died in Urbino, Italy, at the age of 26. Beneath her disability she was of high intelligence and had a forceful and engaging personality. Eleanor’s family, friends and school wished to transform her individual story into a collective experience with the aim of raising public consciousness of the issue of disability. The Eleanor Worthington prize was established for this purpose.
The work on display at junction 7 of York Hospital's main corridor was submitted for the 2015/16 prize, on the theme of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’. Work was submitted by British and Italian students and shown at the New School House Gallery on Peasholme Green in York.
To find out more about the Eleanor Worthington Prize please click here.
To find out more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, please click here.
Textiles by Kat Wood
The Arts in York Hospital are proud to present this collection of felt and silk pieces created by York Textile Artist, Kat Wood.
Kat Wood creates her wall mounted felted pieces entirely out of merino wool fibre, drawing on a variety of wet felting and needle felting methods and techniques to create either detailed textured landscapes or delicate layered abstracts.
The bowls and vessels in the glass cabinet are also created by wet felting merino wool fibres. In some cases silk fibres are mixed into the top layer to add different effects and lustres to the finished pieces.
Her silk paintings show a lighter, more playful side to Kat’s practice.
‘The method of silk painting that I use really lends itself to creating jolly, almost cartoony works. And they are so much fun to do! I have sketchbooks full of all the various characters and scenes that I will one day create on silk.’
Kat’s exhibition will be on display at junction 5 of York Hospital’s main corridor between November 2016 and January 2017. Kat’s felted works are also being exhibited at The Pyramid Gallery on Stonegate, York.
To find out more about Kat Wood, please click here.
York Printmakers are an informal group of printmakers, living and working within the York area. They aim to bring local printmakers together for encouragement, mutual support and collective projects.
Member’s work covers a wide range of subject matter and printmaking techniques including etching, lino, collagraph, monotype, screen print, solar plate, Japanese woodblock, lithography and more!
York Printmakers meet monthly in the Black Swan, Peasholme Green. To find out more, please contact the group directly.
York Printmakers exhibition will be on display at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between 3rd November 2016 and 1st February 2017.
For more information on York Printmakers, please click here.
New Artwork by Renal Patients
Artist, Van Nong is employed by the Trust to conduct art sessions with patients whilst on dialysis. We have regular exhibitions of their work in various venues. The latest work is now on show opposite the Discharge Lounge in York Hospital.
To find out more about our participation arts programme, please click here.
Artwork by York Learning
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this exhibition of artworks created in art classes around the city, provided by York Learning.
York Learning provide a huge variety of courses and workshops for adults, ranging from ballet to bookbinding, chocolate making to GCSE’s...the list is extensive.
Some of their provision is work based; it’s geared to get people the qualifications and experience to get back into work or to progress onto college. A lot of what they do however is firmly rooted in learning for leisure and pleasure.
The Visual Arts Curriculum provides people with many different creative options, working in various locations in and around the city and employing well qualified, professional tutors to provide people with the chance to express themselves creatively in a group learning environment.
Each year York Learning run two community arts projects, (currently, it’s Santa’s Socks). They also run an annual exhibition called “ Inspirations”. This enables them to showcase the work of their many learner artists.
The York Hospital Submission offers a glimpse into the range of work people produce on their painting, drawing and watercolour classes.
To view a full range of courses please click here to visit the York Learning website.
The Arts in York Hospital are proud to exhibit a collection of paintings by Julie Lightburn.
Julie Lightburn is a representational artist working mainly in acrylics and pastels; noted for her detailed landscapes.
“ I feel privileged to have lived in North Yorkshire all my life and love to paint the local scenery that I find so inspirational . . . and occasionally interesting holiday destinations around the UK. More information about my paintings, and the stories behind them, can be found on my website.
“I studied Three Dimensional Design at York College and Visual Information Design, specialising in Architectural Model Making, at Sunderland. Since which I have worked at York Modelmaking, where I now have my studio - next to Dean’s Garden Centre, Stockton-on-the-Forest. (Open to visitors by appointment).
“I’m a member of the York Art Society; a very friendly group of amateur and professional artists, who regularly meet at Christ Church in Heworth. I enjoy the regular meetings with practical demonstrations by professional artists from across the UK, often picking up tips and new ideas. I’ve also enjoyed taking part in York Open Studios for the last three years; loving the chance to talk about my work, art in general, and the sharing of ideas.”
- The Artist, Julie Lightburn
This exhibition will be on display near Junction 5 of York Hospital’s main corridor between early September and mid November 2016.
To find out more about Julie Lightburn, please click here.
Sculpture by Peter Donohoe
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of sculptures by York based artist, Peter Donohoe.
Peter Donohoe graduated from Leeds College of Art in 1969 with an honours degree in sculpture, from that time he worked in mainstream theatre and the leisure industry as a prop maker and commercial sculptor.
In 2005 Peter left full time employment to concentrate on his personal work and to develop an alternative approach to figurative sculpture. Influenced by the early stylised publicity material from the film industry, his sculpture explores human relationships and the images and memories that these create.
Each piece is hand crafted from copper and pewter without the use of moulds or formers and consequently unique.
Peter’s work will be on display in York Hospital’s 3D space near junction three, between August and mid-October 2016.
To find out more about the artist, please click here.
Paintings by Malcolm Ludvigsen
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of paintings by York based artist, Malcolm Ludvigsen.
Malcolm Ludvigsen is a plein-air oil painter best known for his Yorkshire seascapes and beach scenes. Malcolm believes that working outside, directly in front of the subject, gives his work a life and vibrancy sadly lacking in much of studio work. His paintings can be seen in homes and galleries throughout the UK and USA and he is the winner of the 2013 Oldie, British Art Award.
In addition to painting, Malcolm Ludvigsen is a professor of mathematics, gaining his professorship from the University of Linkoping in Sweden, where he worked for several years.
“About 14 years ago I took a sabbatical from mathematics and started painting for fun. I think the thing that first attracted me was John Ruskin's exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky. This sounded like a very nice thing to do, so I decided to give it a go, and I've not really stopped painting since.
“I find little incompatibility between my mathematical work and my painting: both are based on geometrical intuition, one internal the other external.”
– The Artist, Malcolm Ludvigsen
This exhibition will be on display near junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between August and November 2016.
To find out more about the artist, please click here.
Prints by York Hospital’s Creative Corner
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of prints by members of the Cancer Care Centre’s Creative Corner.
The Creative Corner is run by our resident project artist, Anne Hutchison, Anne runs the creative sessions on Tuesday afternoons between 1pm – 4pm for anyone affected by cancer.
A bit of creativity helps people to feel better and takes the mind off things, so if you’re interested in taking part please pop along and try it out. There’s no need to book and the sessions are free!
This exhibition will be on display near junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor throughout July 2016.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of artworks by York artist, June Hardy.
June Hardy works mainly with mixed media, utilising the qualities of handmade paper enhanced with gouache with a design aesthetic. Acrylics have been used for some pieces, again with the added depth which papers afford.
In this series June studied the shapes and lines of boats on the east coast and in Northern Ireland and the paraphernalia within them, seeking shape, pattern and texture. She then turned her attention to the water, plants and rocks surrounding the boats and their interaction.
June Hardy’s exhibition will be on display near junction 5 on York Hospital’s main corridor between July and September 2016.
To find out more about June Hardy, please click here.
Artwork by The Hut
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this exhibition of artworks by Clarence Gardens Association, known as The Hut.
The Hut is a registered charity established in 2011 by three senior Mental Health nurses. The charity was created in response to an increasing need for day facilities in York, their aim to provide purposeful activities and support for people with enduring mental health issues and/or learning disabilities.
The Hut offers its members a safe space to explore and engage with a variety of creative sessions that appeal to different interests. They value and encourage all their members to contribute to the running of their sessions. The art session is held on a Monday, the emphasis is not on being ‘Arty,’ it’s about coming and exploring art in a range of different ways and most importantly - having fun!
You would be very welcome to visit The Hut, pop in for a cuppa, see what they do and meet Jonny, the Activity Coordinator.
This artwork will be on display in our junction 7 exhibition space from 1 July to early September 2016.
To find out more about The Hut, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of paintings by York based artist, Adrienne French.
“My work over the last few years is concerned primarily with interpretations of landscape. I base these interpretations on observations and memories of time spent both here in the UK and abroad, including walks on the North York Moors, Dales, and Wolds throughout the year.
“Each year I choose a new county of Britain to explore and this visit often results in a new body of work. Landscapes observed during travels abroad and at home have provided a never ending source of inspiration. The range of mixed media and colour I use in my work reflects the textures and marks found in these landscapes.
“I try to capture the essence or memory of a place, using the juxtaposition of imagery, colours and surface textures.
“I work in mixed media using textured mediums, oil paints and acrylics. My pieces range from very large to very small scale work, taking inspiration from my iPad, sketch books and photographs but more often from memory and emotional responses to a specific moment in time.”
- Adrienne French, the Artist
Adrienne French’s work will be at junction 3 of York Hospital’s main corridor between May and August 2016. To find out more about Adrienne’s work, please click here.
York Open Studios 2016
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to announce the arrival of the 2016 York Open Studios collection on York Hospital’s main corridor.
York Open Studios is an annual springtime art event which has become one of the most visited in the city of York during the fifteen years of its life. During the two weekends it takes place, artists and makers show their work in studios and venues across the city. There is free access and artists welcome you to discuss their work or to make a purchase.
This exhibition features a taster of work on show during the Open Studios event. All artworks are for sale, to make a purchase please contact the artist directly.
To find out more about York Open Studios, please click here.
Photography By Steven Eric Parker
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of archival photographic prints by Steven Eric Parker.
Having worked as a photographer in Manchester and London Steven Eric Parker is now based in York. Alongside his commercial and editorial work he is currently concerned with exploring urban and industrial areas to capture the work of street artists and the contextual impact this work has on the built environment.
All the works here are archival digital photographic prints and available to purchase framed or unframed. Steven's exhibition will be at junction 5 of York Hospital's main corridor between May and July 2016.
To find out more about Steven Eric Parker, please click here.
Shaping the Body
by Howe Hill
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of handmade fashion items and photographs by Howe Hill, coordinated by Griselda Goldsborough and in connection with York Museums Trust.
Howe Hill for Young People is an inclusive accommodation and education project providing support for homeless 16-21 year olds in York. The project helps those involved to achieve independent living and long term goals through focusing on personal responsibility and change. The service forms part of York’s multi-agency Young People's Resettlement pathway.
Participants from Howe Hill worked with local community artist, Griselda Goldsbrough at six creative art workshops during March and April 2016. The young people created fashion items inspired by themes from York Castle Museum’s Shaping the Body exhibition, showing off their creations at a catwalk show at the pre-view of the exhibition.
This exhibition runs from April to June 2016 in the 3D space on York Hospital's main corridor.
By Refugee Action York
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this exhibition of photographs by Richard Moran as part of Refugee Action York’s Identity project.
Refugee Action York (RAY) was founded in 2002 to challenge the myths and misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers and to raise awareness of the contribution these people make to our society. RAY 4 Corners Youth Group runs in partnership with City of York Council for secondary school age young people from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds.
Community artist, Griselda Goldsborough, worked with RAY 4 Corners Youth Group to coordinate and deliver six creative art workshops as part of their community engagement project, Identity. Using York Museums Trust’s Shaping the Body exhibition as a focus, the young people were introduced to collections through art based activities, object handling and discussions.
Each session explored different areas of identity, including collaboration with photographer, Richard Moran, to capture portraits that explored their own identity.
This exhibition will be on display at junction 7 of York Hospital’s main corridor between April and June 2016. To visit Richard Moran’s website, please click here.
The Hindu Festival of Holi
by Avijit Datta and Sanjay Gupta
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to present this vibrant collection of photographs by two of York Hospital’s very own Consultants, in celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi.
Holi ( Holika) is a Hindu spring festival, which is celebrated with a bonfire, feasting and a multitude of coloured vegetable powders which are applied in a joyous manner to friends. It remembers the piety of Prahlad, who by the power of prayer survived incineration on a bonfire on which he had been placed by Holika. It is now celebrated globally, and coloured powders form a part of many music festivals worldwide at all times of the year.
Dr. Avijit Datta, Consultant Physician and Chairman of York Interfaith, took interest in art and optics from childhood, when he won a competition. This, combined with an interest in world faiths, has led to development of religious and contemplative photography. To see more of Avijit's work, please click here.
Sanjay Gupta is a Consultant in Cardiology with a keen interest in photography. “Capturing photos has allowed me to see the beauty of things, to pay attention to details, colours and light in a whole new way. It feels like a veil has been lifted and I see what I was missing for all those years before. Photography has changed the way the world sees me and the way I see the world." To see more of Sanjay's work, please click here.
Down's Syndrome Awareness Exhibition
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to present this collaborative exhibition in celebration of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (20 – 26 March 2016).
Our thanks go to everyone who’s contributed, from the artists themselves to the inspiring people pictured in these beautiful paintings and photographs and all those sharing information to help us raise awareness.
Monday 21 March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down’s syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.
Down Syndrome International encourages their friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down’s syndrome is, what it means to have Down‘s syndrome, and how people with Down’s syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
To read more about the artists included in this exhibition, please scroll down.
'Downright Marvellous Too'
by Sue Clayton
Sue Clayton is a York based fine artist with a large collection of portraits of people with Down’s syndrome. Following on from the success of her ‘Downright Marvellous’ exhibition at City Screen in 2015, she is proud to exhibit her latest work here in York Hospital in celebration of those with Down’s syndrome.
Sue hopes the vibrancy and character of her models shines through in her portraits and that you enjoy them as much as she enjoyed creating them. Sue’s son James appears in ‘The Footballers’ painting. James has Down’s syndrome and has been the inspiration behind both exhibitions.
Sue enjoys sharing her passion for art through tutoring sessions and teaching for York Learning and Skills. In addition, she enjoys visiting schools, groups and care homes to deliver art lessons. She also teaches on a one to one basis from her studio.
To commission a portrait or to see the paintings from Sue’s City Screen exhibition, please visit her website by clicking here.
'Three Two One'
by Dan Sharp
Dan Sharp is a fine art portrait and editorial photographer based in Yorkshire. Dan produced these photographs especially for this exhibition, working with local people with Down’s syndrome. Dan visited subjects at their own home and supplied each of them with a disposable camera which they used to capture some of their own photographs. These photos are also on display within the exhibition.
“Down’s syndrome is an interesting condition. While it is one of the most well known genetic disorders, it can often be misunderstood and misrepresented.
”Sometimes regarded as debilitating and restrictive, it can be quite the opposite. The perceived problems and incongruities in the lives of those with the disorder are in fact no different from anybody else’s. Sometimes they aren’t even barriers at all, and in reality it is those looking on who have an issue to overcome. Learning to live independently, being part of a community and solemnly caring for those around you are some of the basic building blocks for living a good life. I do not see Downs as an obstacle to achieving that, but rather a reason to try to break down the social and mental walls around you and strive to simply live life.
“Growing up with a Down’s brother has perhaps skewed my perspective somewhat, but that is surely to my benefit for I have been allowed the opportunity to look and to listen and to experience things that others seldom see. People often shy away from that which they do not understand – like a frightened child hiding behind the sofa, scared to look. But in my experience I see nothing to fear and, in fact, probably something to celebrate.”
- The Artist, Dan Sharp
To learn more about Dan Sharp or to commission your own photography session, please visit his website by clicking here.
by David Kenward
David Kenward is a York-based photographer with Down’s syndrome. He attended mainstream school throughout his education and went on to become a founder member of the arts and crafts Co-operative, Blueberry Academy.
In 2012 David became involved with Heart & Sold, an initiative to showcase the artistic work of people with Down’s syndrome.
Through Heart & Sold David has seen his work exhibited globally, including venues in Manchester, London and New York! In 2015 David won the National Down’s Association ‘My Perspective’ photography competition with his photograph ‘Misty Minster’.
David has a passion for wildlife and wild places, keen observational skills and an eye for detail. His aim is ‘to make people feel happy when they look at my photographs’ so this selection, chosen with people in hospital in mind, is an attempt to showcase his varied work but mostly to help make people happy.
David sells his pictures through his co-operative shop ‘Blueberry at Silver Street’, 5 Silver Street York, and limited editions are available via the Heart & Sold website. He also sells them privately through his website.
To visit Davis Kenward's website, please click here.
Our Down’s Syndrome Awareness exhibition will be on display on York Hospital’s main corridor until 2nd May 2016.
‘The Man Who Dreamt Upside Down’
by Jack Rinaldi
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this poster by Italian student, Jack Rinaldi, as part of their Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week exhibition.
This beautiful poster comes from a collection recently exhibited at the New School House Gallery in York, showcasing entries from the Eleanor Worthington Prize.
Eleanor Worthington was born in the UK and lived for many years in Italy. She had a severe form of epilepsy and learning and behavioural difficulties, beyond this she was a person of high intelligence and sensibility, and with a great force of personality.
Eleanor’s family, friends and school wanted to transform her individual story into a collective experience, with the aim of raising public consciousness of the issue of disability. To this end, they instituted the “Eleanor Worthington Prize”, run in collaboration with the Liceo Artistico Scuola del Libro and with the patronage of the Urbino Local Authority.
This poster was created for the 2015 competition with the theme of December 3rd (International Day of Persons with Disabilities). The hospital will be exhibiting a wider collection in December 2016 in celebrationof this day.
“A young man with Down’s syndrome dreams of being able to touch the upside down world, a reality which he considers different from his own, even though he already belongs to it, even though he is unaware of it. Society tends to label the world, by toppling over and selecting, biasing and discolouring those that I would be so happy to call “human values”, building a stepladder of greys which only include black and white.”
– The Artist, Jack Rinaldi
To find out more about the Eleanor Worthington Prize, please click here.
New Collection from York Photographic Society
The Arts Team are proud to announce that the York Photographic Society exhibition between junctions 7 and 8 of York Hospital’s main corridor has been updated.
The new photographs reflect a theme of nature, bringing a very calm and relaxing feel to the South entrance.
We would like to thank all members of York Photographic Society for contributing to this exhibition. As ever they’ve been a joy to work with and lent us some truly beautiful photos.
To find out more about York Photographic Society, please visit their website or follow them on Twitter @photo_york.
According to McGee presents:
Samantha Swales Snowden
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to link with According to McGee gallery to present this vibrant collection of paintings by Samantha Swales Snowden.
With instinctive and uncontrolled brush strokes, building on flatter plains of colour, the art of Samantha Swales Snowden is well regarded by collectors of contemporary painters, with healthy sales reflecting her growing reputation.
To find out more about According to McGee gallery, please click here.
You can find Samantha Swales Snowden’s work on York Hospital’s Main corridor between junctions 5 and 6, on display throughout February 2016.
Circular Paintings by William Goldsbrough
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a selection of circular paintings by William Goldsbrough.
William trained in Fine Art and Sculpture in Hull. He paints and teaches Art in the North East. Amongst many other influences he is interested in Op art - artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley in particular.
William enjoys considering the full illusion of depth, movement, and three-dimensionality through precise combinations of lines, geometric shapes, colours, and shading. In these two circular pieces he plays with geometric abstraction, creating an accessible visual language.
William Goldsbrough’s paintings will be on display between junction 5 and 6 of York Hospital’s main corridor during February 2016.
Photography by Ralph Whitty
Ralph Witty is a local photographer who has worked in the health service for 30 years. He has an interest primarily in landscape photography which centres around the Yorkshire Coast and beyond. This collection has been put together to raise funds for Scarborough Hospital’s own charities.
A3 size prints, as seen in this gallery, are available for £15 each. A4 mounted prints can also be purchased from Scarborough Hospital’s staff shop for £10 each. To contact Ralph, please click here.
'Wildflowers' by David Lyon
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this collection of paintings, drawings and limited edition giclée prints by David Lyon.
David Lyon is a fine artist based in Leeds. He studied Art at Bolton College of Art and Design, before completing a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic. He went on to build a career as an illustrator and designer and began exhibiting his paintings and drawings in 1997.
David Lyon is inspired by organic shapes and forms. References to the natural world often spark his interest. Ideas connect, breed and grow, transform. He daydreams how best to take ideas forward, to make them exist as paintings or drawings.
The drawings, paintings and prints on display are from a series called “Wildflowers”. They were developed over a period of time in response to a desire to create images that were uplifting and decorative, that spoke of a life enhancing celebration of the natural world, but possibly a world that is overlooked or that we find commonplace.
One piece from the “Wildflowers” series will be donated to York Hospital and a donation from all sales will go back to the hospital.
All original pieces displayed here are available to purchase. They are also available as limited edition giclée prints (edition of 100), numbered, titled and signed by the artist. A range of greeting cards and a 2016 calendar is also available. For more information please contact the artist directly by clicking here. To find out more about the artist, please click here.
This collection will be on display between January 2015 and April 2016 at Junction 3 of York Hospital's main corridor.
‘Your Hospital’s Got Talent’ Exhibition arrives in Selby
The popularity of the ‘Your Hospital’s Got Talent’ exhibition continues as we install a digital version in Selby Hospital.
The staff at Selby Hospital requested the exhibition be displayed there in future years. Not wanting to disappoint the Arts team made a slide show of all entries which is running on a digital photo frame in the staff area.
The team would like to thank Linda Pearson, Staff Nurse at Selby, for suggesting the idea and supporting the planning and installation.
We hope everyone in Selby enjoys the exhibition and we will be looking out for your entries in the next exhibition in 2017!
‘Water Lilies’ by Lesley Williams
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by Lesley Williams.
Lesley Williams was born in York, gained a BA (Hons) in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University and later an MA in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University.
This body of work is a further development of a series of semi-abstract paintings concerned with the translucent qualities of colours found in gardens. These works based on lily ponds show an interest in spatial dynamics as well as the reflective qualities of water within the plant forms. She tries to engage the viewer into looking through and beyond the immediate surface.
You can see Lesley William’s collection on the main corridor of York Hospital between December 2015 and March 2016. To contact the artist directly, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by York Artist, Sudeshna Chattopadhyay.
Sudeshna Chattopadhyay was born in India and lived there until 2000. She lived in Alicante and Mexico City for the next six years. Her daughter was born in 2005 and the following year she moved to York.
She says her paintings are like pages in her diary through which she negotiates and explores everyday feelings associated with the experiences of relationships.
She uses acrylics and oils to work in a playful way exploring their materiality and juxtaposing thick paint with thin to create an interesting contrast on the surfaces of her paintings.
Her chosen palette consists of pastel shades as she sees them as colours which offer a quiet and contemplative mood to the viewer’s eye.
She prefers to let the viewer give meaning to her work in time and space; after all, she is of the view that what a piece of work means to her keeps changing.
Sudeshna recently graduated with a BA (First Class Hons) in Contemporary Fine Art by York St John University.
Her work is found in private collections all over the UK.
For more information on Sudeshna Chattopadhyay, please click here.
This collection is available to view on Junction 7 of York Hospital’s main corridor between November 2015 and January 2016.
Photography by Chris Ceaser
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of photographs by landscape photographer, Chris Ceaser.
Born in Rotherham, Chris Ceaser has lived in Yorkshire all his life, currently working from his gallery at 89 Micklegate, YO1 6LE.
”I am an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society and my passion is landscape photography. I am driven and heavily influenced by the stunning northern landscape with all that it has to offer; from the heather-filled Yorkshire moorlands to the vast, sweeping valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, and from the cliff-laden Yorkshire Coast to the powder fine sands of Northumberland.
“The making of a photographic image is a little like going on a journey. The emphasis is on making the image when the light is at its best. Good camera technique, and the correct use of filters means that the photographer can capture a scene as it was, without the need for excessive post processing in software.
“The work you see on display here is printed on a combination of fine art archival media, including museum grade cotton based matte and semi-lustre papers. I print using an Epson Pro 7900 gravity fed, wide format printer for the very best results with regard to longevity, accuracy and colour. The printer uses 11 HDR Pigment inks for unsurpassed colour rendition, and the prints will last for up to 200 years under glass”. - Chris Ceaser
All work on display can be purchased in either framed or mounted options in a range of sizes from 14x11 inch to 39x28 inch.
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital until Januray 2015. For more information about Chris Ceaser, please click here.
World War I Exhibition
The works in this exhibition have been brought together as part of the continuing centenary of World War I. The six framed artworks on display are lithographs by renowned World War I artist, Claude Shepperson.
Shepperson was a landscape and figure painter, illustrator and print-maker. He created this collection in 1917, titling the series ‘Tending the Wounded’. The prints follow the journey of a wounded soldier from the Front Line, through treatment, to convalescence back at home.
‘Tending the Wounded,’ form part of the portfolio ‘The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals,’ a series of 66 lithographic prints commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1917. The series provide a broad and fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front.
These six pieces are also on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Britain. They are being displayed here in York Hospital on loan from Sue Greenhow.
The acrylic panels between each Lithograph contain photographs and information regarding World War I, and specifically the impact that the war had on York. The written content and photographs on these panels is all courtesy of York Museums Trust (YMT).
All of the items on display in the case are from the archives of York’s Castle Museum, part of York Museums Trust. These items have been generously lent to the Hospital by YMT to display alongside the wall mounted pieces.
These pieces link into the current display in York Castle Museum, a fantastic exhibition titled ‘1914, When the World Changed Forever.’ For more information, please visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk.
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital until December 2015.
Canvas Art by Mill Lodge
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display this beautiful collection of canvases by inpatients from Mill Lodge.
Mill Lodge is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient unit. Patients are aged between 13 and 17 and are admitted with a variety of conditions including; anxiety, depression, eating disorders and psychosis.
The Arts in York Hospital visited Mill Lodge on several occasions to meet the young people and join their art sessions. A ‘summer’ theme was chosen for the exhibition, largely because the sessions were conducted during their summer break.
Creating the exhibition provided patients with opportunities for team work, social communication and enjoyment. All of which are important in assisting their journey to recovery.
To find out more about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, please click here.
This exhibition will be on display on Junction 7 of the hospital’s main corridor until November 2015.
100 Rabbits by Jacob Lomax
All 100 soft-toy rabbits that you’ll see in this exhibition have been lovingly handmade by Jacob Lomax, a third year Fine Art student from York St John University.
Each rabbit is unique, as we all are, made up of differing materials and colours but all cut from the same pattern. The artwork is intended to be based on charity, oneness and above all a celebration of our differences.
The rabbits will be displayed on the hospital's main corridor near Junction 3 for several weeks. Then, on October 22nd there will be an opportunity to get your hands on one. The Arts Team will be selling 50 rabbits from the Hub in Ellerby’s Restaurant between 10am and 2pm. Sales will stop when 50 have been sold. The remaining 50 will be given as gifts to the patients of York Hospital.
All funds raised will go to the Arts in York Hospital, helping the team to continue their work in improving the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff.
Your Hospital's Got Talent 2015
Following the success of the 2014‘Your Hospital’s Got Talent’ exhibition, The Arts in York Hospital have once again been asking staff members ‘have you got a talent or hobby that you’re proud of?’
We are delighted to present this beautiful collection of rich and varied talents from across the Trust and hope you enjoy exploring the amazing activities our staff partake in outside of the hospital environment.
The exhibition will be on display near Junction 3 of the Hospital’s main corridor between August and October 2015. To access the collection online, please click here.
‘Cats of York’by Stan Young
This fun and informative exhibition has been created by York resident, Stan Young.
Stan Young put together this collection detailing the fascinating ‘Cats of York’ sculpture trail that meanders through the city. He has collected information about the trail from a myriad of sources, including from York residents, the sculptor Jonathan Newdick and Brook Adams, the son of the late Tom Adams.
The result is a fantastic compilation providing interesting facts, historical snippets and photographs of some of the city’s sculptural felines.
If you would like to walk the cat trail yourself, you can download a map here or pick one up from York Glass on the Shambles.
Stan's exhibition will be on display in the community exhibition space near Junction 7 of the main corridor. It runs between August and mid October 2015.
This tableau/installation celebrates the work of artist, Van Nong, exploring themes of heritage, East/West myths and symbolisms, identity and displacement.
Primarily a stone/wood carver, Van works in various medium and techniques to convey his ideas of being a dual national, mixing popular cultures – films, TV, music, comics, literature – from the East and West, often with a touch of humour and pathos.
Here, the influence is the popular story of the Monkey King, a cultish tale about how a monkey, borne out of stone, helped to bring Buddhism to China (shown on British TV as Monkey Magic). This is combined with the proverbs of the Three Wise Monkeys, “monkey on your back”... There is even a hint of the chimps in the PG Tips advert.
Van is also the Art Development Officer for the Renal Unit at York Hospital, and a freelance artist running workshops with community groups.
You will find Van’s exhibition in the 3D exhibition space near Junction 3 on the main corridor. It will run between August and mid October 2015. To contact the artist, please click here.
NY Imges UK
NY Images UK are a local photography collective. Their photographs were first installed on the old blood taking corridor in Outpatients last year. The collection was removed temporarily and is now back on site with a refreshed natural theme.
Photography by Simon Palmour
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of photographs by Simon Palmour.
Simon Palmour has worked as a photographer for 30 years. His photographs have been published and exhibited at venues including the Royal Geographical Society and Lumen Gallery in London.
Most of the works shown here in York Hospital are from a new group of stark colour images, often focusing on one colour. A theme of this work is ambiguity – of scale, of subject, of point of view. The aim with many of the images is to invite contemplation, to reward repeated consideration.
These limited edition works are all available in a variety of sizes, framed or unframed, print, acrylic or canvas.
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital until October 2015. For more information about Simon Palmour, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by Steve Williams, a York based artist whose work is exhibited by a number of contemporary galleries in the region.
“I am an instinctive painter. My pictures take form through the process of painting, not through strict adherence to a fully formulated plan. I aspire to infuse my pictures with fluidity, energy, colour and texture. My aim is to achieve a balance, a harmony and a completeness that encapsulates the essence of what I feel.” - Steve Williams
Steve Williams paints using acrylics, palette knives and brushes, often working in layers which he weaves together to create a cohesive yet abstract representation.
Steve is greatly inspired by the dramatic landscapes and coastline of North Yorkshire, and strives to create paintings that encapsulate what he feels about a particular place and time.
Steve is offering all NHS staff a 10% discount on the purchase of any of his exhibited artworks as a sign of his appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
“I'm really pleased to be exhibiting at my local NHS hospital and I hope you enjoy the paintings.” – Steve Williams
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital until September 2015. For more information about Steve Williams, please click here.
York Open Studios 2015
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to present the York Open Studios 2015 collection.
York Open Studios is an annual art event that sees 95 York artists open their studios to the public for two weekends.
The artworks on display here have been selected from the ‘Taster Exhibition’ that was on display at the Blossom Street Gallery in April 2015.
This exhibition will remain on the corridor until 2016, when it will be replaced with the new York Open Studios collection.
For more information about York Open Studios, please click here.
display a collection of paintings by Kate Kenney, a York based artist.
Kate is a York based oil painter, known mainly for her North Yorkshire landscape paintings, especially of the Wolds.
Kate mainly paints ‘en plein air.’ This translates as ‘in the open air,’ and means that she paints outdoors, instead of from photographs.
From April to November 2014, Kate lived in America and this exhibition is partly inspired by her time there.
“ As it was no longer possible to go into the countryside for the day, I made several painting trips, each of 4 – 5 days. As it turns out, I prefer the routine and discipline this imposed. Whilst working, I also made time to explore these new places to find other painting spots to experience as much of the area as I could.”
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital until June 2015. For more information about Kate Kenney, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of watercolour paintings by Kate Shead.
Kate Shead is a self taught wildlife artist, working predominantly in watercolour. She was born and raised in London where she lived for 25 years before moving to York where she now works as a nurse in the Urgent Care Centre here in York Hospital.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of photographs by Josefin Bengtsson, photographer and staff member here at York Hospital.
Photographer Josefin Bengtsson was born in a small town in the south of Sweden. After obtaining a degree in Fine Art and Photography at the University of Haganässkolan, Josefin moved to England in 1999, eventually settling in Newcastle in 2002, then later in York.
Josefin's style in working is always raw and original. She does not manipulate or tamper with her photographs. She believes that waiting for the right light during the day is part of being a photographer and knowing her equipment.
York based photographer Josefin Bengtsson also works in York Hospital as a Domestic Assistant and was invited to exhibit this beautiful collection of photographs after her entry into ‘Your Hospital’s got Talent’ in 2014.
You can find out more about Josefin's work and ongoing projects by clicking here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of textile and media pieces by Diverse Threads, a York based textile collective.
Formed twelve years ago, Diverse Threads is a textile and mixed media art group based in the York area.
The members are self-motivated and committed to developing their own work under the guidance of their mentor Diane Bates. In addition to meeting and exhibiting together, a number of members are also professional artists in their own right.
They all have very different styles and find their inspiration from a wide range of sources: this makes for some very diverse exhibitions, giving viewers of their work a feast of different techniques, materials and concepts.
Exhibiting as a group in York Hospital for the first time, Diverse Threads offer a selection of work contributed from all members.
This collection can be found on the main corridor of York Hospital. For more information about Diverse Threads, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of artworks by Philip Wiseman on the Pharmacy Corridor off Junction 2.
Philip was born in York and has lived here all of his life. From an early age he has always drawn and painted the world around him. Through the years he has nurtured this creative nature and developed a feeling for colour and atmosphere which is evident in his works.
This exhibition of his pictures reflects his interests in the effects of light and his own particular vision of his landscapes. To Philip the key ingredient of his work is to try and convey a mood to the observer in his paintings.
He hopes you enjoy his work as much as he enjoys creating it. For more information about the artist, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings and drawings by Magnetic Arts, a not-for profit community interest company that runs visual art groups and projects for people experiencing physical, emotional or mental health issues.
The works in this collection were made by participants of Magnetic Mondays drop-in group. The group decided on a weather theme, working with inks on paper and acrylic on canvas.
The sessions were lottery funded and led by members of Magnetic Arts. For more information about Magnetic arts, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of oil on canvas paintings by Ray Fearn, all of which are available for purchase.
This posthumous exhibition celebrates the beautiful work of York artist, Ray Fearn.
During his life, Ray was a generous supporter of the Arts in York Hospital. He contributed to several exhibitions displayed along the main corridor over the years, and also donated several of the works that are on display in Ward 37 and the main entrance of York Hospital.
Ray drew inspiration from the European painting tradition working with oil and acrylics on canvas and board.
Ray initially trained as a graphic designer then went on to study fine art painting. Evidenced in his work is both the graphic training and fine art painterly styles he has developed, harmoniously blended together to produce strong and arresting images.
Ray Fearn's work will be on display on the main corridor until January 2014. More more information about the artist, please click here.
Sanjay Gupta's Diwali Photographs
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of Diwali photographs by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a consultant cardiologist here at York Hospital.
These photographs are part of our celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali and show some of the celebrations enjoyed over the Diwali period last year. You can also find a colorful and informative display near junction 3 of the main corridor.
You can see this collection on display until December 2014. For more information on the photographer, please click here.
'Hidden Birds' by Bootham School
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by year eight students from Bootham School.
The twelve and thirteen year olds worked with York artist, Richard Barnes to create these vibrant artworks based on the theme of ‘birds hidden in their habitat’.
This collection is on display at Junction 7 of the main corridor until December. To see Richard Barnes solo exhibition visit junction 3 to Junction 4 of the main corridor.
The Arts in York Hospital is proud to exhibit a collection of paintings by York Artist, Richard Barnes.
“I've chosen these paintings to exhibit in York Hospital because I hope they will add energy, colour and a sense of the outside world. Like many people, I have spent time myself in hospital and have always thought it to be a very profound place in which to put art. On the one hand the paintings are just daubs and patches of colour, but on the other they become an image. It is the balance between these two that I hope makes them special.
All the paintings are available as smaller glass-framed individual works, which are made by meticulously recording the larger paintings as they emerge with a high resolution camera. These are then analysed and adjusted digitally, printed out on acid-free paper with light fast inks and then re-worked with paint, pastel and conte to form new compositions that I hope retain the vibrancy of the originals, but on a smaller scale.”
- Richard Barnes, The Artist
You can see Richard Barnes collection between Junction 3 and 4 of the main corridor until mid November. For more information on Richard Barnes, please click here.
'Hope' by Angie Bell
This highly decorative mask was created by Angie Bell before she sadly passed away. She worked on it with artist Anne Hutchison in the Cancer Care Centre’s Creative Corner, funded by Friends of York Hospital.
After Angie finished her radiotherapy treatment, she kept her mask in the garage, not wanting to throw it out, but not really knowing what to do with it either. A thought struck her after meeting Anne Hutchison in the Creative Corner; a weekly arts and crafts session that takes place in the Cancer Care Centre on Tuesday afternoons. What if she could turn this mask, that everyone said looked so scary, into something beautiful?
Angie worked with Anne for 3 months to complete the piece. She called it ‘Hope’.
“I’d never done anything creative like this before, but it’s been very enjoyable to work on. Completing the mask has enabled me to express my journey with cancer in a positive way. I feel this process has been quite therapeutic. I’d like people to see the mask as representing ‘hope’ – hope for now and the future.
Working with Anne in the weekly art session has definitely felt worthwhile and beneficial to my recovery. ”
You can see Angie Bell's 'Hope' mask in the 3D area on the main corridor, it will be on display until October.
Your Hospital's Got Talent Exhibition moves to Scarborough!
You can now see this stunning collection of staff talents on the staff shop corridor in Scarborough Hospital.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of papercuts by York artist, Rosie Scott-Massie.
Rosie Scott-Massie is a full time artist specialising in papercut collage and linocut printmaking.
Originally from Masham, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Rosie studied art foundation at York College before moving to Carlisle to study fine art at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts (now the University of Cumbria). In 2007 Rosie returned to Masham where she set up a studio and began making and selling small collages using vintage and found materials, inspired by travel and influenced by the work of Peter Blake.
After gradually developing her collage work into more precise papercutting, and becoming increasingly interested in unusual historical buildings such as follies, Rosie has developed ‘Pinned Papercuts’, a unique method using out of date Ordnance Survey maps of the area in which the subject is located, and dressmakers pins to create depth and perspective in an otherwise flattened landscape. Rosie is inspired by the uniqueness of these buildings, how they have aged over the centuries and how their surrounding have changed around them
The pieces in this exhibition are part of an ongoing project exploring York and East Yorkshire through its unusual historical buildings. All pieces are for sale, and Rosie also produces many private commissions. Please click here for more information.
Yor can see Rosie's collection on the main corridor between August and October 2014.
Your Hospital's Got Talent
Throughout May and June, the Arts in York Hospital asked staff of York Hospitals Trust, ‘Have you got a talent or hobby that you’re proud of?’ as part of their ‘Your Hospital’s got Talent’ project.
The exhibition began with a taster collection at the Celebration of Achievement Awards in July.
The full collection will be on display along junction 7 of York Hospital from Wednesday 23rd July until Monday 1st September. It will then go to Scarborough Hospital. For more information and to view the entries online, click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings and prints by Tim Pearce.
Following a long and fulfilling career in Art teaching in South Yorkshire schools, Tim Pearce, now based in the York area, is a skilled practitioner in both painting and sculptural ceramics. Whether working in two or three dimensions his work is always rich in rhythm and movement – qualities frequently enhanced by cubist sensitivity to both form and colour. His paintings, in particular, so often seek to condense events taking place over seconds, minutes or even hours into single dynamic images. Having studied and taught many aspects of the history of Art to a high level, Tim is able to apply a wide range of stylistic methods to support the interpretation of different subjects – starting points which in their own unique and diverse natures are allowed to dictate the specific modes of representation employed.
Tim Pearce's collection can be found on the hospital's main corridor until September 2014. For more information, please click here.
Following the success of the 'Bubbles' photographic collection, the Arts in York Hospital is pleased to welcome back Peter Heaton with his latest collection entitled 'Falling'.
Peter Heaton drew inspiration for this collection from cherry tree blossoms as they fall and blow in the wind. He collected petals and attempted to replicate this effect in isolation against a black background. The weight, size and deterioration of colour once dried, forced him to look into alternate methods. He began using coloured strips of paper and a fan, enabling him to record movement using a long shutter speed on his camera. This method produced beautiful and often organic shapes.
“I photographed the action many times and collaged parts of the resulting images together to create a meaningful structured composition.” - Peter Heaton
You can see this collection on the main corridor until September 2014. For more information on Peter Heaton, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of photographs by NY Images UK, a local photography collective. This collection has been donated on long term loan, with the intention of being changed yearly.
NY Images UK Ltd is the brain child of photographers Graham Watson and Debbie Priestley. After attending a particularly uninspiring photography workshop they realised their combined skills and experience in adult education could enable them to begin their own workshops.
Since their beginning, NY Images UK Ltd has delivered more than 100 workshops to more than 700 aspiring photographers, in a wide range of subject matters. In these workshops photographic skills and knowing your camera are covered, as well as equipment and cost effective alternatives, however what has set Graham and Debbie apart from other companies which provide photographic workshops is their enthusiasm and continued commitment to their learners even after the workshops have finished, providing on-going technical advice, offering a Q&A service and even helping prior learners to obtain discounts with retailers due to their connection with NY Images UK Ltd.
You can see this collection on the old blood taking corridor within Outpatients. For more information about NY Images UK, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by York artist, Catherine King.
“I am an artist based in York, inspired by the joy and vibrancy of nature; especially the beauty of wild flowers. The paintings are organic and evolve as if they have a life of their own.
I began painting at a time of great change and transition in my life which was often painful and uncomfortable. However, out of this there has come joy and transformation. It reminds me that even in darkness there is light; even in sorrow there is joy. Painting is healing for myself and there is a possibility that the paintings themselves carry a vibration of healing.” - Artist, Catherine King
This collection can be found on the main corridor between March and June 2014.
York Open Studios 2014
'The Tour de France comes to York'
York Open Studios is an annual art event that sees 70 York artists open their studios to the public for two weekends.
The works on display have been selected from the ‘Taster Exhibition’ that was on display at the Blossom Street Gallery in April. The theme for the 2014 taster exhibition was ‘The Tour de France comes to York’ so each piece takes its inspiration from cycling, bikes or the city of York.
This collection will be on display on the main corridor until York Open Studios 2015, when a new collection will be exhibited.
For more information about York Open Studios, please click here.
York Photographic Society
The Arts in York Hospital is excited to display a collection of images by York Photographic Society.
York Photographic Society is a group of passionate photographers of varied ages, abilities and photographic interests, their philosophy is to help members enjoy and improve their photography.
You can find this collection on the main corridor towards junction 8. The pieces within the collection will change at various points in the year so watch this space!
For more information about York Photographic Society, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is proud to display a collection of photographs by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a consultant cardiologist here at York Hospital.
Sanjay developed his photography skills at night school while learning advanced cardiac imaging at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He enjoys the contrast between his busy work life in medicine and his creative hobby, photography. A hobby that has landed him several awards, including his recent success as a finalist for the 'Wanderlust Travel Photographer of the Year 2014' award.
We will be exhibiting more of Sanjay’s work during October in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Lights.
PRINTSCAPE: A collection of landscapes in print
This stunning collection of prints from Cath Brooke and Emily Harvey can be seen on the main corridor between March and June 2014.
Cath Brooke uses rural and urban landscapes as the starting point for her prints; sketching in all weathers. The elements play a large part in defining the spirit of her work. She likes to include buildings to give a sense of history and place; a human connection to the landscape and spaces around us, with an increasing interest in industrial spaces. Cath currently uses monoprint, collagraph and drypoint techniques, often combining the techniques together.
“I am increasingly interested in industrial spaces. Industries that are part of our heritage and buildings that have had a variety of uses from industry to city living. Many of my images are taken from urban landscapes that have been neglected and left to decay, once stunning buildings that have come to the end of their useful life.” - Cath Brooke
For more information about the artist, please click here.
Emily has a keen interest in connections and cycles in the natural world and the way things influence and balance each other. She uses sketches, photos and notes to capture ideas that form the starting point for a print. The final image develops through the process of constructing the plate and inking it up.
“I think it is important to leave space for accidents and opportunities rather than plan every detail in advance.”- Emily Harvey
The prints are collagraphs, printed from plates made using found materials and layers of cement that are both built up and broken through. This textured surface is animated by colour, and embossed onto thick soft paper.
Emily is currently running collagraph courses in her studio near York, as well as leading creative community projects.
For more information about the artist, please click here.
York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of stunning artworks by York Artist, Nathan Chenery. This collection is exhibited inline with York Hospital’s celebrations of LGBT Month (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender).
Nathan’s artworks have been displayed & collected both nationally & internationally (Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Italy). He has been involved in a number of arts related projects including the Postern Tower Project, Please Do Not Bend, York Open Studio’s and Art Trier: Kunst York. The collection on display in the hospital shows both current and older works by Nathan, including one of his ‘Queer Purple’ range.
Nathan’s work can be seen on the main corridor between February and March 2014. For more information on the artist please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is thrilled to present a collection of paintings by York born artist, Lesley Williams. Lesley studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University followed by an MA in Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has worked in Art and Design for 30 years, teaching for the majority of those years alongside free lance textile designing and painting. Her work has shown both in the United Kingdom and abroad and she has work with a variety of private collectors.
The paintings on display are part of a recent and on going body of work, they see a return to a more traditional medium, oil on canvas. These semi abstract paintings explore the qualities of colour, light and energy found when looking into garden borders.
You can see Lesley’s work on the main corridor until March 11th 2014.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to exhibit a collection of paintings and prints by Giuliana Lazzerini, a York artist and owner of the Blue Tree Gallery. Her work can also be seen on Ward 37, where a number of her generously donated art works are on show.
Giuliana was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta, Tuscany. Between 1962 and 1968 she was a student at the Istituto D’Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara. She moved to Yorkshire in 1987 and now lives in York. The Tuscan landscape and childhood memories still bear a strong influence upon the artist’s current work. In an earlier statement she describes her first encounters with Art in Italy as a child in her father’s mosaic studio. She refers to the “translucency of the mosaic fragment” and her “fascination with the vibrancy of colour” from the juxtaposition of pieces.
Giuliana’s work can be seen on display between junction 3 and junction 4 of the Main corridor between November 2013 and January 2014.
For more information about the artist, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings and prints by York Artist, Gill Douglas. Gill’s collection, ‘The Road to the Isles’ comes from her love of remote Scottish Islands, passion for the sea, wild places, creation and The Creator.
In 1955, aged 11, Gill made her first trip to the Isle of Skye and the love affair began. Later, discovering the books of naturalist Fraser Darling: ‘Island Years’, about expeditions to remote Hebridean islands in the 1930’s and ‘Island Farm’, about his time farming in the remote north west of Scotland on The Summer Isles, she was hooked. In 2001, following major surgery for a life threatening illness when her island forays seemed over, Gill’s childhood dream of visiting The Summer Isles was fulfilled. Journeying north, she stayed in the very cottage, perched high on the cliffs on tiny Tanera, where ‘Island Farm’ was written!
Gill’s work captures something of the atmosphere and mystery of these far-flung places, echoing the sublime of the romantic artists with their love of “turbulent nature”.
‘The Road to the Isles’ can be seen on the Main Corridor between junction 3 and junction 4 from August to November 2013.
For more information about the artist, please click here.
The Arts in York Hospital is delighted to display a collection of paintings by Leeds artist, Kate Masterson. Kate’s work is based around her fascination with the constantly changing appearance of the landscape. She records the physical and emotional experience of being outdoors, conveying her thoughts and feelings through drawings and photography. Kate uses this source material to create colourful, confident and expressive paintings.
You can see this work on display between junction 3 and junction 4 of the main corridor from May to August 2013.
For more information about the artist, please click here.
Staithes Gallery, situated on the North Yorkshire Coast in Staithes itself, provides a showcase for the very best contemporary artwork inspired by Staithes and the surrounding area. The exhibition reflects the quality and variety of art stimulated by this most inspirational of villages.
The work of David Curtis, David Kettley, Ian Burke, Paul Czainski, Rob Shaw and Sue Atkinson is on display within this collection between junction 3 and junction 4 of the main corridor from February 2013 to May 2013.
For more information about Staithes Gallery, please click here.
York Hospital is delighted to exhibit this collection of beautiful limited edition prints over the Christmas period. The collection is provided by York artist, Gerard Hobson.
Since childhood Gerard Hobson has had a love of birds, animals and art. His love of wildlife saw him qualify as a zoologist from Bangor University in 1984; he then worked for several years for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust as a botanist. Later he became an illustrator for them, working on leaflets and sign boards. More recently, he has turned his hand to woodcarving and now focuses his attention on printmaking.
This collection is on display between junction 3 and junction 4 of the main corridor from November 2012 to January 2013.
For more information about the artist, please click here.
Bar Lane Exhibition
Bar Lane Studios is a contemporary gallery and Artist's studio space located in the heart of York city centre. This latest collection from Bar Lane Studios shows the work of artists Ben Clowes and Iain Broadbent and is located in the Junction 7 corridor.
For more information about Bar Lane Studios, click here.
Painting in the Renal Unit
Since May 2012, Anne Hutchison has been working with patients on the renal unit on several art projects. This latest project really encouraged people to open up their imaginations as they were given free reign to paint absolutely anything they chose.
The results were fantastic with patients providing a range of work from copies of the masters to humorous portraits, studies of UK flora and fauna and even some dreamscapes constructed purely from the imagination.
The work is displayed in two locations around the hospital, one collection along the main corridor where it can be seen by the thousands of people who walk past each day and the other collection down the corridor leading to the Renal Unit so that the patients can proudly view their work on their way to dialysis.
Nightingale Courtyard Sculpture
A stuning piece of sculptural art work has appeared in the Nightingale Courtyard at York Hospital thanks to renowned artist Sally Arnup and the Blake Gallery.
The Yorkshire artist has kindly loaned the piece to the hospital to be enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors to show her appreciation of the support that she's received from York Hospital. Sally said: "My daughter has been a patient many times at the hospital and we are so grateful of all the help and support we've received over the years."
Kat Hetherington, Art and Design Project Coordinator, said: "Having something beautiful to look at in a hospital space is so important; it creates a positive environment in which to begin the healing process and something to spark interest in everyone who sees them. It's a fantastic piece of art and real 'finishing touch' to the peaceful Nightingale courtyard."
York Open Studios 2012
York Hospital is again hosting an exhibition of work from artists who participated in York Open Studios.
York Open Studios is a yearly event where selected artists open their studios to the public for two weekends.
To contact York Open Studios click here.
Michael Lyons was born in Staffordshire in 1943. He now lives outside York in the village of Cawood, where he keeps his studio, but he also makes work in China where many of his recent large-scale works are sited.
A former Vice President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, Lyons also had a distinguished teaching career. This included heading the Sculpture Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, and residencies in both Canada and China.
Lyons cut back on teaching commitments to devote more time to his own work. In 1998, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (of which he is a founder member) mounted a major retrospective exhibition that looked back over twenty years of his career. There are examples of his work in private and public collections in the USA, UK, China, Germany and Canada.
Michael Lyons works mainly in steel, constructing abstract sculptures that vary enormously in scale from the intimate to the monumental. Although not illustrative, his pieces are often made in response to a particular observation he has made of his surroundings.
Michael has kindly lent York Hospital four sculptures which we have on display in the courtyard visible from main street at junction 7.
Ros Walker's paintings are often large scale and based on the landscape and natural world. She aims to emphasise the natural patterns, rhythms and vibrant colour combinations which occur in the natural world, and will sometimes add a variety of different materials to create depth and texture. She is interested in trying to create atmosphere and feeling of landscape, rather than pure reproduction.
Ros's works are along the main corridor of the Hospital. For more information on the artist, please click here.
The Blake Gallery
The Blake Gallery was established in 2002 by Michael and Julie Hourston. Located on Blake Street in the centre of York, the gallery is home to a beautiful collection of original, contemporary artworks by local, national and international artists.
The Blake Gallery started working with York Hospital in 2010 and since then have kindly loaned many of the artworks that are on display in the Head and Neck Department free of charge, as well as contributing to other areas of the hospital.
For more information on the Blake Gallery, please click here.
Born and educated in York with further education at York St Johns University and York University working now from his own studio in York.
Philip is a painter of landscape and coastal scenes many of which convey an atmospheric content. In his travels around his native North Yorkshire he portrays the surrounding countryside in what he describes as his "summer works". Akin to these he also produces his "winter works", which include mainly still-life and architectural subjects.
The medium he uses most frequently is oil paint but he also values the expressive quality of pastels particularly in his small landscape scenes. Watercolour and acrylics are also used in his depictions of the surrounding countryside which include the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds. The Vale of York with its superb light quality is another area preferred by the artist as well as the North Yorkshire Moors with its rugged beauty.
To Philip the key ingredient of his work is to try and convey a mood to the observer in his images. He hopes you enjoy his work as much as he enjoys creating it.
Philip's works are along the main corridor of the Hospital between March and December 2012.
For more information about the artist, please click here.