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Exeter Healthcare Arts - Exhibitions

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Photo of pictureDisplay of individual artworks by established artists in the public and clinical healthcare environment began in 1992.  Some 400 works are on loan from generous, regionally based artists and from institutions including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the Crafts Council, and Paintings in Hospitals.  The RD&E also has a growing collection of its own, ranging from fine historic works to recently commissioned contemporary works.

 

Since 1998 this has been enhanced by a lively, changing exhibition programme. A number of areas of public corridor have been set aside and programmed to give opportunity to established artists and those less experienced who will benefit from the professional presentation of their work.

 

The hospital communities are now accustomed to viewing a wide range of works from representational painting and photography through to abstract works. Photo of pottery

 

An annual, open competition exhibition is held whereby amateur and professional artists with a connection to the hospital are encouraged to submit artworks for selection.  A fourth, less public area of the hospital dealing with cancer care, has been equipped to accept exhibitions.  This is particularly important as the patients treated often attend clinics over a long period of time and welcome a change of scene. A regular exhibition service is also now offered at the Heavitree hospital.

 

The three-dimensional arts and crafts have not been overlooked; specially commissioned craft showcases have been sited in the main concourse of the Wonford hospital.  A second case is positioned in the restaurant area.  Most of the work exhibited in the showcases and on the walls is offered for sale, benefiting both the artists and EHCA. 

 

EHCA logoFigures based on outpatient and inpatient attendance, an estimate of visitors, along with the staff complement, suggest that around 800,000 people have the opportunity of seeing artworks at the hospital each year, giving artists unparalleled exposure.

 

The display of loaned works and the changing exhibitions add interest for hospital users as well as bring a direct healthcare benefit. Our clinical colleagues report that patients preparing or recovering from treatments and procedures are often encouraged to tour the corridors to reduce stress before and to regain mobility as they recover following treatments.

 

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