Students’ art to help patients in hospital

A new art exhibition by students has been unveiled at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The Art of Healing features 21 works by 16 to 18-year-olds studying an art and design extended diploma at Newcastle College.

The year-long exhibition, next to the children’s ward, is the first time that students’ work has been displayed outside the college and part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Healing Arts programme using art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment.

Paula Adams, college lecturer, said: “This project has given students the opportunity to work with an external organisation, exhibit their work in a real-life situation outside the college and develop their professional profile as artists, illustrators and designers.

“Healing Arts aims to provide environments for patients which support the healing process.

“The students responded to this with artworks which are uplifting, joyous and beautiful.

“It has been a privilege to work with Healing Arts and we are all keen to see how patients and visitors will respond to the artworks.”

Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are keen to involve all sectors of the community to help us improve the quality of our environments through art to support the healing process for our patients.

“We are delighted with the artwork that the students have produced and wish them well for their studies. We look forward to the exhibition being enjoyed by patients, visitors and staff.”

The 11 students involved in the exhibition are Christopher Fudge, Amy Hume, Kirsty Kelly, Craig Kendal, Charlotte Major, Melissa McNab, Loren Nielsen, Kate Ralph, Jessica Ramm, Andrew Robinson and Caitlin Taylor Vasey.