Open Exhibition winners
This year's ArtCare Open exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital received work from over 70 artists who submitted more than 200 entries for selection. The panel of judges, which included previous winners of the prize, were impressed with technical expertise and interesting composition of pastel ‘Cloistral Seclusion’ by Salisbury artist Phillip Hutchings which took the top prize of £200. A linoprint ‘The Beck’ by Ruth Oaks was chosen as one of the runners-up prizes and the second runner-up was a watercolour ‘North Sea 4’ by Tessa McIntyre, with the judges commenting on the confident use of line.
Over 100 artworks were selected for the final exhibition by the panel and the hospital benefits from a display that brings colour and distraction to the corridors of SDH. The exhibition is free of charge and can be seen until 3rd June on main corridors level 3 & 4, plus level 3 Medical Surgical and Plastic Surgery corridors, Salisbury District Hospital.
Pictured: Winners and highly commended artists (left to right: Lynne Allenby, Hugh Lohan, Phillip Hutchings, Fred Fieber, Ruth Oaks, Tessa McIntyre)and Cloistral Seclusion by Phillip Hutchings
ArtCare team awarded £40,000 to protect and exhibit its historic collection
ArtCare has been awarded a £40,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to archive and expand its collection of historical memorabilia and medical equipment. The collection includes photographs, video, artwork and medical objects that give a distinctive view of Salisbury and the way healthcare has developed from 1700 to the present day. There are letters by Florence Nightingale who writes about the welfare of nurses, to scratched graffiti from GIs waiting to deal with D-Day casualties in the 1940s. There is even a musical score composed for the hospital.
Lesley Meaker, ArtCare Lead for the History Project said: “We are delighted to receive this funding and, thanks to players of the National Lottery, this grant will enable us to improve the condition of the health and medicine collection at Salisbury District Hospital. It will also enable local people to see more of it over the next two years through touring exhibitions, talks and hands-on activities, which will culminate in an online website and permanent history display in the hospital.”
Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Salisbury District Hospital has a fascinating collection which covers the 1700s to the present day. The HLF is delighted that our funding, with support from volunteers and the local community, will enable it to be preserved and transformed into a rich resource for people to enjoy and use.”