ArtCare celebrates 25th anniversary

ArtCare is celebrating 25 years of bringing colour and inspiration to patients, staff and visitors to Salisbury District Hospital. During this time the team has organised over 400 projects ranging from temporary exhibitions to participatory activities. ArtCare also acquires permanent artwork for the hospital and advises on interior design, working with patients, staff and public to improve the hospital environment. The Staff Arts Club helps staff unwind after work and the Elevate programme provides weekly dance, music, storytelling and reminiscence activities to reduce isolation and anxiety in patients on the wards.

ArtCare was started in 1991 by Emma Ryder Richardson who began commissioning artworks prior to the move of hospital services from the General Infirmary to Odstock. Since then the team has grown in number and now has four part-time staff members, assisted by a technician, exhibitions assistant and regular volunteers. Funded by charitable grants, the team are managed by Ian Robinson, Head of Facilities. Ian said, ‘The team have made an enormous contribution to the hospital environment and in supporting patients and staff across the hospital. Congratulations to them on their achievement and the significant role they have played in supporting our clinical and non clinical services over the last 25 years.’

ArtCare are looking forward to completing many more projects that will benefit the hospital community. Penny Robbins is co-designing the new Breast Care Unit with a team of staff and patients and, following an award of £40,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in February this year, Lesley Meaker is busy archiving and expanding the historical collection.

Open Exhibition Winners

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

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