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Your Hospital's Got Talent Entries
The Arts in York Hospital would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter this exhibition, your talents are truly inspiring! We've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about our colleagues within the Trust and hope you do too.
To see all the entries, please scroll down, or visit one of the exhibitions:
- Celebration of Achievement Awards (taster exhibition): 17th July 2014
- York Hospital: 23rd July - 1st September
- Scarborough Hospital: 2nd September
Clerical Officer and Photographer
“I'm a Wildlife Photographer based in Scarborough capturing the wonderful wildlife around the area. Photography and Wildlife has always been a passion of mine since a child and combining them together brings me incredibly close to nature through a lens.
I'm fascinated by the hidden behaviours of animals and birds, with every encounter I have learnt something new about a species.
The most common of species can produce some of the most amazing images as you gain the confidence of the subject by studying and learning the habits, this can come quickly, several weeks or even over a couple of months.
Wildlife Photography for me is the perfect way to unwind and gives me great pleasure to capture very close encounters with stunning wildlife.”
Community Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse/Project Manager and Football Manager
“My career started in the Trust in1994 as an auxiliary nurse, career progression led to me being the first Level 2 HCA to qualify in Malton Hospital. I also qualified as a registered nurse and district nurse.
I've always loved football, playing at school, with family and relatives associated with Hull City FC. I wanted to improve my knowledge of the game so completed my FA referee exam, I was the first and only qualified female referee in Malton area in 1994. I am a FA Level 1 qualified coach.
I am now the Chairperson, secretary and current welfare officer for Heslerton Junior Football Club. During this time we have been nominated for Ryedale sports club of the year, which we won in 2012. I was overwhelmed when I was nominated and won Pride of Malton volunteer of the Year award 2012. I love Football.”
HYMS Administration Coordinator and Photographer
“Water is a fascinating element; it can be calm and still one minute and a boiling cauldron the next. It has the power to soothe and relax but can also be forceful and destructive and it is one of my favourite subjects when I am taking photographs. I don’t have any specialist equipment and have had no training so I really am an eager amateur but love the fact we can now take numerous images and store them electronically where we once had to get films developed and fill albums with the results.
I joined Blipfoto last year but haven’t managed to post a blip every day yet, I also have a Flickr account where I can share my images and look for interesting places to visit in the images posted by others. I like the idea that the images we make today may be viewed by future generations and a little bit of our today may be around when we no longer are.”
Rotational Physiotherapist and Cricketer
“I am glad that I am in Yorkshire where people love and follow cricket. In our physiotherapy office, we have heated discussions on Ashes and ongoing cricket matches during break time.
I was introduced to Scarborough hospitals cricket club by one of my colleague in hospital. The thought of playing my favourite sport for a cricket club itself delighted me. I also thought that it would be a great way to make new friends, have fun and burn few calories. Now it’s my second year for the club and I am enjoying it very much. As a player I am an all-rounder but bowling is my strength.
My hobby has helped me in my work life as well. It has improved my team-working skills and made me a more confident person. I feel more energetic while working on wards. A discussion about a recent cricket match with a patient takes their mind off their pain, illnesses and makes them feel good.”
Records Services Operative and Organist
“I started learning to play the organ when I was a library assistant in Manchester Royal Infirmary. The head chaplain was having difficulty finding someone to play for the Sunday morning services. I therefore started having lessons and played for services shortly afterwards.
The organ in the picture is my home organ and very similar to the organ I played in Manchester. It was built in 1979 and is one of first organs where sounds were recorded digitally.
The foot pedals enable the feet to play in the same way as the hands do on the two keyboards. The feet and hands together enable the organist to play 6 interlocking musical lines at once. Playing the organ is a good exercise in multitasking!
I certainly find practicing easier than when I was at school. It’s never too late to learn a new skill.”
Cancer Pathway Support Officer and Artist
“I studied Fine Art at College and then Jewellery and Silversmithing at University, so I have always enjoyed Art and Design.
Being creative is one of the best ways to silence your worries or stop yourself from stewing on your troubles. Getting into a piece of work can totally absorb your mind and before you know it hours have passed and you have something to show for it whether it's just for yourself or someone else.
I love to paint portraits as it's always a satisfying challenge to try and capture the emotions and personality in someone's face.”
Consultant Respiratory Physician and Photographer
“My photographic heroes as a child were Henri Carter-Bresson, who coined the term “the decisive moment” and ultimately founded Magnum Photos, and Ansel Adams who captured images of the Americas. Both were mindful of composition, light and shade and made iconic images. The Chinese would write poetry for thousands of years with painting. Recently I took up photography again because of an interest in Art, different faiths and an inability to paint. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has supported and inspired this.
I would encourage anyone to take up photography (as opposed to “snapping”) and to practice; digital photography allows you to reject the poor pictures with abandon. As Cartier-Bresson said:
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
I’ve got a long way to go…”
Immunisations Coordinator, Consultant Paediatrician and Poet
“As a child, even before I could read, I enjoyed the sounds of words: their rhythms and rhymes. This has evolved into writing poetry and is a way to listen. For me, I sometimes write for an audience and sometimes simply for me to listen to myself.
In Defence of Community School Nurses was written as a thank you after a vaccine campaign. My husband was an audience of one as I rehearsed the day before. At the end of the poem he asked, “Do you think they will find it funny?” Poetry requires boldness. To the audience of my school nursing colleagues it was funny, appreciated and team-building. For maximum effect this poem should be read with a Stamford-in-the-Vale accent.
Writing is there for everyone to try. Goethe suggests “Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.””
Benjamin J Snowden
Foundation Year 1 Doctor in Colorectal Surgery and Cyclist
“Inspired by Dr Smale's input, I'm also a cyclist and doctor, having beaten him up many hills in my time (it's because he's a triathlete).
I started cycling seriously while a student at HYMS and cycled for the University of York as attached, this was during a 10 mile time trial for Roses 2013 (University of York vs University of Lancaster).
I also that summer completed a 250 mile cycle ride with 10 other cyclists to celebrate the medical school's 10th anniversary, where we cycled from Hull - Scarborough - York - Goole - Scunthorpe - Grimsby - Hull, 252 miles in 23hrs 5 minutes with16 hrs in the saddle.”
Security Supervisor and Professional British Voice Artist
“Along side being a security supervisor for Scarborough Hospital I am also a Professional British Voice Artist, Image Consultant also offering Production Services, Voice Over Coaching and the CEO / Founder of the World Famous Voice Artists United (VAU) Networks (Voice over resource, Support and Training Network!)
I have worked in commercial and community radio. My voice has been heard on Regional and National TV, Radio adverts, Telephone switchboard solutions, Audio Books, Online Videos, Explainers and much more.
I love what my career and do it well, with representation world wide for voice over and a huge fan base across the world with celebrity status within the Voice Over Industry due to my contributions and work.”
Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Runner
“I have never been a runner, but in 2012 I set myself a challenge to do the Great North Run and in the process raise money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation. I previously worked in Coronary Care at Scarborough, working with cardiac patients and their families I saw the impact of heart conditions on their lives.
Since 2012 I have done another Great North Run and three 10K Bupa great runs across the country, I have also run for Cancer Research UK another charity close to my heart. It feels so rewarding and the sense of achievement is amazing. I have met many great athletes in the process such as; Mo Farah, Tirunesh Dibaba, Greg Rutherford and many more. I would encourage people to get involved it’s an amazing experience.
My next challenge is the London Marathon 2015 for my 30th Birthday.”
Physiotherapy Assistant Orthopaedics and Fine Artist
“I always wanted to be an artist. Grown up in a Dutch down-to-earth family with hardworking parents, studying Fine Art was a no-no. Instead I trained and worked as a nurse for 20 years. In 1998 I decided to join my Yorkshire man and moved to the UK. Leaving everything behind, I decided to follow my long lasting dream. I studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and graduated in 2003. I ‘m still passionate about healthcare. Combining painting and my part time job at York Hospital worked out to be the perfect combination for me.
I grew up in Holland between greenhouses filled with flowers. They inspired me to paint because they have amazing properties. The beauty of flowers is temporary and reminds us to pay attention to the moment. In our busy and overwhelming world I want my paintings to be a moment of serenity, peace and joy.”
G3 Midwife and Artist
“I'm a newly qualified midwife, started in York in January. I moved down from Scotland to start my career and I’m loving my decision.
My interest in arts & crafts started at a very young age, with my Grandmere (french side) teaching me how to use different paints, how to sow etc. Very much in to my abstract art, but it really is just a hobby of mine and tend to paint for friends and family when I get the time for presents/gifts.
I tend to use acrylic paints just now, using many bright colours and tend to prefer to paint in one sitting rather than going back to a piece. For me it is a very enjoyable way to relax and get huge amounts of pleasure when I do get the time!”
Domestic Assistant and Artist
“I’m an ex-graphic designer who has always been interested in the visual arts and with redundancy forcing a change of job direction, as a domestic assistant I try to keep my talents up to scratch by practising the illustration and photography skills I've used for over 30 years. I’ve kept a photographic diary of wildlife and landscapes I’ve seen in and around Scarborough over the past 7 years and produce commissioned paintings and photographs of a wide range of subjects.
As a school kid, my art teacher said I’d never be any good at art so I like to think that this is one in the eye for him! It’s not a relaxing hobby - both the painting and the digital post production of finished photos take quite a bit of effort and concentration - but there is a definite sense of achievement (and relief) when I finish a picture, and although I see myself as more of a craftsman than an artist, I get a great deal of satisfaction from it.”
Deputy Directorate Manager and Knitter
“Last Christmas I struggled to find a present for my sister when I came across a pattern for a knitted Bernese Mountain dog, these dogs are her passion.
I have always liked sewing and trying various crafts but for some reason had never really got into knitting despite being shown when I was younger. I decided to take up the challenge and have a go.
The dog soon came together and started to actually look like one of her dogs. Once complete I made a collar with disc and finished with a Santa hat for a festive touch. Of all the gifts great and small this little dog got the most fuss. It just goes to show that something made with love and given with thought can be worth more. This little champion was placed on her mantelpiece for all to see. Her friends then started asking where he came from and how they too would like one and from there on my little creations grew including other breeds of dogs.”
Cancer Pathway Co-ordinator and Clippy Rug Maker
“I made my first clippy rug over twenty years ago after hearing stories of how my father, as a child, was made to sit and cut up old items of clothing into thin strips, which were then threaded through used potato sacks. Times may have moved on but these rugs still have a real feel-good factor about them as some of you may remember from old. They can be created in any colour way from funky to traditional and from any fabric.
Making the rugs satisfies my creative streak, firstly by choosing from the endless palette of colour then the design - most of my rugs are planned but surprisingly some evolve and change completely between start to finish. I only use non-combustible wool fabric for warmth and hard-wearing properties ensuring these rugs often last a lifetime.”
Art and Design Project Coordinator and Guide Leader
“Whilst studying for a teaching qualification I began looking for opportunities to gain experience in a leadership role. Having been a Rainbow, Brownie and Guide in my younger years I was familiar with Guiding and seized the chance to get involved on a different level.
I began volunteering last year at Christ Church Guides, a new unit in Heworth. It has been extremely rewarding to watch the girls grow in confidence as they develop within the unit and make new friendships.
Being a creative person, my skills are often utilised with craft activities and badges. I still get the same excitement from being awarded a badge as I did back when I was a Guide all those years ago.”
Domestic Assistant and Photographer
"I first started taking and developing photographs as a child, when I used to follow my mother to work at Ikea, and spend my days playing in the darkrooms with the other creative directors and photographers. After leaving Sweden at 19, I then didn't pick up a camera again until seven years ago, when I came to live in a caravan on a farm in the heart of Easington Colliery, County Durham. Living by the sea, and on top of the old coal mines awakened my imagination, I began to take photographs of the dramatic landscapes, and the people living in the village.
Nowadays, I prefer to take photographs of people and animals. This photograph is part of a larger series I have collated with my dog, Hugo. Although I am working as a Domestic Assistant at the moment, in the future, I would like to train as a clinical photographer, so I can put my photography skills to further use within the NHS."
Art and Design Manager and Open Water Swimmer
“Swimming’s always been one of my family’s activities. My mum’s from Tasmania and I remember loving swimming in the beautiful Tassie rivers as a kid.
A couple of years ago I decided to try and get a bit fitter and to be honest, swimming seemed like the easiest option. I loved it so much that I decided to enter the mile long Great North Swim. I wanted to give myself something to work towards and to train for.
Last year I took to Lake Windermere for my first attempt and loved it. This year we took on the Great North swim as a Hetherington team; my mum and my brother joined me. We even shipped in some Tassie support in the form of my Aunt and Uncle (who thought we were mad to swim in such cold water.)
I wanted to do the distance in 50 minutes, I came in at 49 minutes and 59 seconds. Let’s see what time I can do next year!”
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke and Cake Decorator
“One of my hobbies is cake decorating. I started in my teens dabbling with decorating the odd cake for Christmas or a family birthday. I’ve taught myself as I went along, although I did do a short evening class in making Petal Paste Flowers when we first moved to York.
The cakes I make are mostly for family members or friends, although I have actually had two commissions to make birthday cakes for friend’s children. The hobby is time consuming, as the cakes have to be made very close to the date they are needed, especially if they are a sponge cake. No one would appreciate the amount of time needed to make intricate decorations, especially flowers out of petal paste. I enjoy making them, and it’s lovely seeing the pleasure that someone gets when they see their cake, especially if it’s a total surprise.”
Health Visitor and Cake Baker
“My signature dish!! This is a cake which I have been making for 30 years. It is different to an ordinary carrot cake because it contains banana and walnuts and has cream cheese in the topping. This gives it a lovely texture and flavour. I have made it for numerous special occasions. It has recently been adapted, for convenience and easy transportation, into mini Passion Cakes to take each year to York Races to celebrate my daughters Birthday in July.
Recently I entered this cake at the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House. They had organised a "Cake Off" competition which was judged by some well known chefs from the TV programme the Great British Menu. I was delighted to gain runner up status, receiving a rosette and lots of lovely comments about the look and taste of my cake. My photos are from the event this year.”
Training Manager Domestic Services and Crafter
“I have always liked being creative whether cooking, gardening or my love for crafting. My mum taught me to sew and knit as a child and have carried it through to my adult life.
I used to make prom dresses for the girls at college and then moved to the USA where I took up card making before it hit the UK. I also used to make dog beds, toys, bandanas and natural dog biscuits which we sell for dog rescue.
I moved back to England and took up crafting and I make a range of gifts which I give to people for Christmas and sell at craft fairs. You may have seen the two quilted balls I made for the York Hospital Christmas tree.
It’s the thought of giving something you have made that’s different I enjoy the most.”
Maxillofacial Laboratory Manager and Badminton Player
“I have played the sport of badminton since I was 14, the distinctive ‘crack’ of a well hit feather shuttlecock is a sound I never tire of. My career in healthcare brought constant on-call commitments, this and other family factors meant I could only play local league badminton.
20 years on, a serious shoulder injury further restricted my playing, but the advent of keyhole surgery brought a successful repair. After 2 years of rehab, I was playing pain-free and with renewed enthusiasm. I was selected for the Yorkshire ‘Veterans’ team, and in 2012 was honoured with my first England cap. I was selected to represent England again at the 2013 World Senior Championships in Turkey, and for the forthcoming 2014 European Senior Championships in Portugal. So my message is… never give up on your goals. It may take you a while, but with determination and hard work, you can get there in the end!”
Revalidation Support Officer and Photographer
“I work in the Professional Standards (Medical & Dental) Team, assisting doctors to get through the revalidation process. I’ve been taking photos since receiving a self-build 110 camera (remember those?!) when I was 7, but started taking it seriously 10 years ago when I became a dad. Since then I have become a qualified member of the Royal Photographic Society, been shooting weddings and pet portraits (pawtraits!), producing stock photos, and indulging in my favourite genre of landscape photography. I also teach photography. It’s highly rewarding to see the pride of pupils when they create something they though only professionals could do!
I’m a frequent visitor to Jersey, which has many great coastal locations. I chose this shot as my favourite recent image, and one which took many visits to this spot before the conditions were right.”
Domestic Assistant and Artist
“I am an educated and well-travelled individual currently residing in York. I completed a degree in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at York St. John University and currently work part-time for the NHS in York. I have a strong work ethic and through my education and employment have gained good communication skills. My mother tongue is Slovakian, I also speak English, Polish and Czech fluently.
I have very strong drawing skills combined with good technical abilities especially (use of digital tablet, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). I have a good eye and I am very skilful in portraying people. I have done a lot of life drawing sessions, commissions, and taught people how to improve their skills in drawing and painting. I can work with people and bring encouragement into the group.”
Speciality Registrar Cardiologist and TV Presenter
“In my spare time I volunteer as a TV presenter for a satellite channel programme entitled ‘Health Issues’. This programme is run in many Asian languages. The core aim is to raise awareness of healthy living among the Asian population and other ethnic minorities; people from South Asian communities are more likely than the general UK population to have Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease.
Through my show I try to highlight those issues affecting ethnic minorities in the UK by giving them the chance to ask questions in their own language via phone. I have created a broader network of clinical specialists in different fields of medicine who are invited onto my show and give their expert opinion on a particular topic. I enjoy this passion tremendously, not only because of the fame among community members but the satisfaction of the fact that this is my ‘pay back’ to society and to contribute to overall healthcare.”
Communications Manager and Wedding Planner
“I love weddings. I love everything about them, which is why having planned my own in 2007, I decided to set up a website - an online marketplace - where brides could sell on their preloved wedding items and brides-to-be could get inspiration, ideas and DIY tips.
Through my website, www.sellmywedding.co.uk, I have developed a passion for sourcing vintage props and decor, and have had the opportunity to take part in a number of styled wedding shoots which have been featured on some of the leading wedding blogs as well as being booked to plan and style two 'real' weddings.
I am proud that over 7,000 brides-to-be visit my website every month and that as well as giving them inspiration and ideas we are helping them create their perfect day on a budget.”
Samantha Jayne Roxanne Fawcett
Liaison Officer and Photographer
“I have always loved art, I started taking photographs in school and became fascinated by darkroom printing and making pictures. This evolved into travelling and photographing different cultures, as well as exploring my own background and environment. I went on to get a first class degree in photography, and I’ve worked with all sorts of people since, from creative workshops and photography tuition with the Refugee Service to props and photography for film for ITV. My real passion is using photography and creativity to help people. This drive brought me to the NHS. I’ve completed my foundation course in art psychotherapy and am studying psychology. I also run peer support groups with York MIND where we try to use creative approaches to facilitate peer support and explore mental health. In my spare time I do commercial photography, and work on my own fine art photography projects.”
Consultant Cardiologist and Photographer
“Before photography entered my life, I was so caught up in walking a path that was not my own. It was the result of living up to certain expectations that were placed on me by others and that I placed on myself. I had always enjoyed taking pictures in my spare time. I held the camera in my hand; felt its weight and then as if by magic it summoned something wonderful in my heart & mind. I lifted the camera to my eye and suddenly the world started to take shape. I felt actively connected to the world that was taking place right in front of me. It went from a vision in my mind to being captured in a photo and just like that my pointer finger became the executor of my hearts imagination.
Photography gave me life that I didn’t know I needed; it acted as a direct channel to my heart. My life had truly begun. Photography reacquainted me with my heart and for that I will forever be grateful.”
Volunteer in Chaplaincy and Knitter
“I began knitting again about 2 years ago to make a tea cosy for our ‘More Tea Vicar’ event in the Chaplaincy. Never having knitted writing before, needless to say my initial attempts were either mirror image or upside down! However I’ve progressed since then, and love knitting small, quirky items rather than huge Fisherman’s jumpers, not knowing any Fishermen!
I find knitting quite calming as it’s hard to knit angrily for very long, and it’s fun to choose the right texture and ‘flavour’ yarn for, say, a woolly carrot cake. Mostly I enjoy the amusement and pleasure my kniterabilia brings to family and friends.”
Call Centre Clerk/Outpatient Receptionist and Bead Weaver
“Nobody taught me to do this, and I haven't seen this craft a lot in 'the real world' -- I first stumbled across bead-weaving accidentally on the internet, and decided to teach myself so that I could make snowflakes instead of Christmas cards for everyone that year. (And most subsequent years, too.)
There are many patterns available online, but I discovered it was easy for me to adapt what I saw, I didn't need detailed instructions laid out to follow once I had the basic idea. It's intricate and challenging as an activity. For flat weave, bracelets and mats and the like, it's possible to download special paper to work out patterns, or you can start beading and make it up as you go along. When I'm beading other styles, I end up drawing lots and lots of little circles on pieces of scrap paper. I don't wear a lot of jewellery, so I usually make things as presents. I had to scrape together the pieces I had and borrow back others to photograph.”
CT1 Surgeon and Skydiver
“I started skydiving shortly before starting medical school and now have coming up for 400 jumps. I am currently in a 4 person team (that is actually 5 with the all important camera-man) called TR4CK that trains at Target Skysports in Scunthorpe. The question I get asked most often is ‘how do you compete in skydiving, is it who pulls the lowest?’ Well no, fortunately low pull competitions went out of vogue many decades ago!
In my category, there are a set number of moves to be made, these are put into a box, and 4-5 are pulled out at random for each jump or ‘round’. Most competitions have between 8 and 10 rounds. These 4-5 shapes have to be repeated as many times as possible in the first 35 seconds from leaving the airplane, and whoever gets the most wins!
Last year TR4CK won Gold at the UK National Skydiving Championships in our category, we’re looking to defend that title this August, wish us luck!”
Data/Electrical Engineer and Artist
“By day I'm an I.T installer after work I like to create mixed media compositions.
My favourite tool is the digital camera, but paint, stencil, tricks of the light, anything can be added to achieve the effect I'm after.
My other past time is electronic music, like the sound, my images intertwine. Like the tone in a musical note, I try to enhance my images using colour, and depth to add a variation of the norm, underlying images "the more you look, the more you see".
The composition entered " Nunmill rooftops" is a 180 degree image of the York skyline from the South bank area.”
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Indian Dancer
“I have danced most of my life. In school in south India I performed regularly and trained under different teachers and groups. I rediscovered my passion for dance after a few years in the NHS in the late 90’s when I met a friend and fellow dancer from Madras (now my best friend and dance partner, teacher). I now perform and choreograph for various charity events, festivals, programmes and have collaborated with artists across Yorkshire and Wales.
I particularly feel blessed in using my skills to perform free of charge for charity events. Through these events I have helped raise over £24000. I teach Indian kids in Hull and East Riding area to dance to routines and enable them to perform in various local events in East Riding of Yorkshire in any spare time of post night shifts where I can also organise Bollywood workshops for charity fundraising.”
Assistant Programme Director - Capital and Ukulele Player
“I often wonder how this happened - from being given a soprano ukulele as a bit of a joke Christmas present just over two years ago to joining a ukulele group who played at the Leeds Arena in July as part of the televised Tour de France Team Presentation event.
Described as the city's most vibrant ukulele collective, we rehearse once a week in York and play a host of gigs during the year including Grassington and Galtres music Festivals and we will be taking part in the York Rocks against Cancer concert at the Grand Opera House in October. I have to say that I am a bit of a “back row" player, there are multi talented folk in the group, but I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie that comes from being a group member. The ukulele is an instrument when played that manages to make everyone smile. Who knows - Glastonbury next year??”