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.

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


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.


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.

Castaway Heads | The Gallery | Western General

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.