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Local views set to delight RD&E hospital patients & visitors


An ambitious community photography project, which will give pleasure to patients, visitors and staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, has secured Big Lottery Fund grant support of just under £10,000.


Exeter HealthCare Arts has successfully bid for support from the Big Lottery Fund “Awards for All” fund for a new initiative where Devon people will be contributing digital photographic images of places significant to them. These images, which may for example be a favourite view or place, will delight and intrigue when they are on display in a unique series of installations at the RD&E.


The Guildhall Shopping Centre in Exeter is supporting the initiative by giving Exeter HealthCare Arts the temporary use of a shop in the arcade off Queen Street – to be named ‘Art Space’. The shop will be open from Wednesday 21st of July through to Saturday 31st. Exeter Healthcare Arts is giving the space the feel of a modern waiting room – very appropriate, as the project will improve the medical outpatients’ department at the hospital. Photographers will be on hand to give informal ‘surgeries’ in the choice of pictures the public could take and the technical aspects of the project.


Local business concerns are helping to make the project a success: Focal Point Imaging and Stalite Signs in Exeter have worked to pioneer the framing system, which takes into consideration fire and infection control issues. Photography consultants 2D have provided technical specifications. Focal Point is printing the shop front material and advising on the shop layout.


The launch event open to all will take place on Saturday 24th July from 12 noon to 2.00 pm and is supported by Luscombe Drinks. The launch will give visitors the opportunity to view the project and sign up to take part.


Andrew McNeilly, centre manager at the Guildhall Shopping Centre, commented: “This is a superb project and one we are delighted to support. Anyone who has stayed in or visited hospital will know how beneficial art is to recovery and general well-being, and we look forward to seeing the photography that comes from members of the general public.”

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