We will become like (a) family – Hospital Activities Programme Jan – Mar 2017

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.

Contact
Kirsty Williams: kirsty@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 229 3555
Trevor Cromie: trevor@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 5376127

Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation Art Collection

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:

 

www.elhf.co.uk

elhf@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

A JOURNEY THROUGH PERFORMANCE

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: missannabelsings@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

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.

2016 HOSPITAL OPEN SHOW: MOVEMENT

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 | Pelican Gallery | Royal Infirmary

A Year Out, by Jenny Richardson can be seen from 9 October 2015 – 15 January 2016.

A Year Out

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.