Artlink presents a changing exhibition programme across four dedicated gallery spaces at the Royal Infirmary, Western General, St John’s and Royal Edinburgh Hospitals.
The exhibitions change every 3 to 4 months and display an exciting range of work; from the ever popular Hospital Open Exhibition showcasing the creative talents of patients and staff across NHS Lothian Hospitals, to photographic journeys by hospital staff, and exhibitions curated from work in the NHS Lothian Collection, local museums and community archives.
Where are the galleries?
The Royal Infirmary Pelican Gallery can be found on the ground floor south corridor just off the main mall, next to OPD4.
The Gallery at the Western General is in the ground floor link corridor between the Alexander Donald and Anne Ferguson buildings.
St John’s Hospital Gallery is on the 2nd floor next to the dining room.
It’s nearly time for the annual staff and patient exhibition! This year it will be taking place in the gallery at the Western General Hospital from 1st March – April 2018.
The exhibition so far has been developed by illustrator Laura Cave Macgowan, in collaboration with staff and patients who responded to an earlier call for ideas. She would like to invite you to explore the theme of ‘escapism’ through art, by considering the use of mark-making, lines and pattern in making a piece of work. Perhaps you could take inspiration from what you do to relax or ground yourself. Whether its gardening, visiting a landscape or reading your favourite book, you might want to focus on a detail, such as the surface of a leaf, tiles on a floor, or something more abstract – be as imaginative as you wish!
If you’d like to take part, please read the guidelines and complete the submissions form, returning it to us by Monday 12th February. All artwork should be framed and handed in to the Artlink office by Monday 19th February.
We’re very much looking forward to seeing all of your unique and creative responses to the theme.
As a society we no longer create social spaces naturally. Within mental health the increasing reality is isolation and the lack of opportunity for people to find meaningful and engaging ways to belong to their immediate communities.
Over the past years Artlink projects at the Glasshouses in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh hospital, Leylines across West Lothian and Curious Routes within Edinburgh have at the heart of their studio practice the motivation to bring people together.
‘We as a group of people meet up, chat, eat, share and listen together. It allows us to creatively explore our realities of isolation, support each other and challenge the lack of meaningful opportunities that people face on a daily basis’
These projects become social spaces, a chance to engage and share in conversation. ‘Everyone recognises themselves in how the ideas emerge and the way we make them happen.’ Ideas develop naturally inspired by something as simple as a favourite tune, a movie that inspires a time and place, a shared memory. Common ground emerges and the inspiration to involve others is the next step.
In West Lothian’s Leylines project, Peter Johnstone brought his passion for up and coming Scottish music talent to his local community of Bathgate. ’I want people to experience music locally that they might otherwise have to travel to city centres to experience.’
Edinburgh’s Curious Routes project has been developing conversations around communal play through music and games. ‘Getting together and sharing is on our own terms, we inform our ideas from personal and lived experiences’
The Glasshouses studio is a collective group of artists who create unique projects and events that encourages participation and celebration, as one member of the collective puts it: ‘As a group we have created a safe and supportive environment to explore our ideas. We bounce ideas off one another, it encourages us to be bolder, more ambitious about how we involve others and have fun in what we create.’
Over the course of this exhibition at the Tent gallery, Glasshouses, Leylines and Curious Routes will be inviting groups and the public to actively take part in workshops or just enjoy the artworks on display.
A portable ping-pong table will be open for anyone to use. No points, no rules just play. Alongside this listen to music, chat about what motivates us and how we begin to create and be in charge of our own spaces.
Over the past year Artlink has been working towards this programme of
exhibitions, workshops and events which explores in some detail different aspects
of older age. We want to share the stories of love, life and family we came across
in our research.
We aren’t looking at this through rose-tinted spectacles; we know about the
problems that exist and the hardship that is experienced. What we want to show is
just how remarkable and resilient people are, how enthusiastic they are to join in,
work together and share their experiences.
Each participating hospital has its own ‘theme’ and all events match the interests of
the amazing people we have met and worked with over the years.
Although the exhibitions and events are aimed at older audiences and for those
who care for older people, we have designed this programme to have an open
appeal. You will be introduced to artists and writers who have an interesting
perspective on older age, as well as to local people and organisations who do
amazing work giving advice, support and providing recreational activities.
To make sure that everyone has the opportunity to join in, we have placed some of
these events are on closed wards and some in public spaces. All events are free.
If you want to take part, check what’s on on your ward, or find out more, get in
touch with us at Artlink.
The Pelican Gallery at the RIE, 11 November 2016 – 13 January 2017
The vision of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation is of healthier, longer lives for the people of Lothian. It invests in the promotion of better health and wellbeing across Edinburgh and the Lothians, making a difference to people’s lives on a local, regional and national level.
Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation holds an extensive collection of some 2,700 artworks. In December 2015 ELHF appointed the Royal Scottish Academy to deliver a comprehensive artwork collection management strategy. This will focus on gathering information and creating a complete catalogue of works in the collection, providing the foundations for interpretation of the collection and the re-hang of work across NHS Lothian sites.
As part of this approach, the collection will be opened out for engagement with the hospital communities, inviting feedback on artworks and where work could be displayed in the future. This exhibition acts as a starting point to this process, presenting a small body of work of the most recent artworks gifted to the ELHF Collection from the RSA.
If you would like to find out more information about the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Collection please contact Arts Manager Susan Grant via the website:
A new exhibition at St John’s Gallery bringing together individuals from the hospital and local community who share an interest in bird watching.
The theme of the exhibition was inspired by John Gordon, a regular participant at Artlink activities in West Lothian. ‘Look to the skies’ is a title originally penned by John, inspired from a body of work created around his interest in bird watching. His passion goes as far back to his childhood when he would go on bird spotting trips with his father.
Since 2014 John and Artlink West Lothian have been exploring this interest, getting out and about bird watching and focusing his artwork into more practical bird watching uses such as local Avian maps, personalised bird logs, drawings and posters displayed here as part of this exhibition.
This exhibition brings together birding enthusiasts and photographers from across West Lothian and further afield. They share in the same passion as John, observing and photographing the many different species and habitats of bird wildlife in our local countryside.
A new exhibition of photography, textiles, collage and writing created by young people across West Lothian.
This exhibition presents work created by HYPE (Helping Young People Engage), Firefly Arts, West Lothian Young Writers Group and West Lothian Young Carers. Firefly Arts is a registered Scottish Charity that offers theatre skills, film and youth arts activity for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years across West Lothian. A Word In Your Ear is a combined youth arts programme that uses fun, accessible and quality arts process to build young people’s confidence, talent and aspiration. Through A Word In Your Ear, young people have had the opportunity to work directly with visual artists, designers, writers, makers and film makers. The results on display include printed scarves, collage and writing.
HYPE (Helping Young People Engage) is a skills-based project based in West Lothian which assists young people transitioning between school and work/further education in reaching a positive destination. Working with photographer Lisa Fleming, participants on the photography programme learn basic camera techniques and composition using bridge cameras before moving on to mastering DSLR cameras. Check out some of the results in the exhibition.
Join us for the exhibition opening on Monday 25th July, 2-3pm in St John’s Gallery.
An exhibition celebrating the benefits of live entertainment within a healthcare setting, showcasing Artlink’s entertainment programme on wards.
The display presents some of the highlights from Miss Annabel Sings… recent ward activities programme, as well as looking back at archive images from the popular You Dancin…? project at the Western General, and Dance a Decade which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the NHS, plus information about the WGH choir.
It also invites the hospital community to get involved by asking other departments and wards to come forward to host events, and a call to members of the hospital community to come forward to volunteer and share their skills. We are on the look out for all kinds of skills… whether you love reading, poetry, storytelling, knitting, play an instrument or just like to chat, we would love to hear from you! Contact Annabel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme of events will expand around the hospital, including performances in the exhibition space. Look out for opera singer, Magdalena Durant performing in the gallery and WRVS cafe in August.
This popular annual exhibition celebrates the artistic skills of staff and patients from NHS Lothian Hospitals.
The exhibition began at the Western General Hospital in February 2016 and toured to other sites on the following dates: 5 February – 15 April at the Gallery, Western General Hospital 22 April – 1 July at St John’s Gallery 29 April – 1 July at the Pelican Gallery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
The artworks are made by staff and patients from across NHS Lothian Hospitals; by people who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves ‘artists’. Many of the exhibitors have day jobs or commitments to their time, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, administrators, porters, medical secretaries, scientists and technicians. There are also many artworks made by in and out patients, young and old.
The show is always eagerly anticipated, not just by the individuals exhibiting, but by the audience and the hospital community at large. Many of the artworks on display are for sale with the profit going directly to the exhibitors.
This year we invited exhibitors to explore the theme of ‘Movement’, suggesting inspiration be taken from the movement of the human body, animals or plant life, forces of nature, or something more abstract. The results are as varied and diverse as the people who created them.
A Year Out, by Jenny Richardson can be seen from 9 October 2015 – 15 January 2016.
The series of paintings on display were made by Jenny in her sixties, drawn from memories of a year away from her family in a hospital for polio affected children in Edinburgh, when she was four years old.
We all have different ways in which we document our experiences. Some of us will draw, others write, and many of us will take pictures and now more often than not we will share these on social media. In essence, the arts are a tool of communication, both in terms of what we can make sense of and what we can’t. The arts can give us a new perspective on our experiences and provide new opportunities for understanding.
Over many years, Artlink has worked with patients and staff to encourage their involvement in cultural and arts activity throughout NHS Lothian. We realise that this work not only creates positive involvement, we also know that it supports better communication and contributes positively to recovery.
The complete series of drawings and paintings beautifully capture Jenny’s personal vision of this experience, and in revisiting these memories Jenny has come to realise she now has more energy and general wellbeing.
Jenny Richardson has worked all her life as a painter. She studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and since then has lived and worked in Scotland and Ireland, having made her home on the Beara Peninsula.
Castaway Heads is an exhibition of portraiture created by two local visually impaired artists, Fiona Powell and Alan McIntyre from 23 October 2015 – 16 January 2016.
Both artists have Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative condition which severely impairs the vision. Together they have formed the group VIEW – Visually Impaired Experimental Works – a group that develop accessible ways to create work as visually impaired artists, and explore modes of presentation which offer a sensory experience to a wide audience, suggesting alternative perspectives on the world around us.
Art has always played an important part in both of their lives. Fiona was immersed in art from an early age and studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and has continued painting and exhibiting since graduating. Alan studied as an architectural draughtsman, selling through the Royal Scottish Academy shop as well as exhibiting in group shows. They both regularly attend the RNIB art class held at Hillside Crescent and have exhibited with RNIB and other galleries such as Gallery on the Corner and Space Artworks in Morningside.
As visually impaired artists, Fiona and Alan have been exploring different media in an attempt to find out how best to cope with and to transcend their disabilities. Being visually impaired has a huge impact on the work they make and the processes they explore. Portraiture appealed to both artists as the human face is such an interesting subject; full of curves and straight lines.