Plymouth artists come together for the NHS
To reflect on the challenges that the NHS has faced in recent years and celebrate University Hospitals Plymouth as an innovative and inclusive place to work, the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Derriford Hospital is hosting a new exhibition, Celebrating Plymouth - Celebrating the NHS, open to the public from 4 to 7 October 2021.
The exhibition features work by our MA Painting graduate Annabelle Tim Hogben and current MA Painting student Alice Simpson, alongside a range of artwork from beginners, experienced professionals and acting NHS staff members.
Painting by Annabelle Tim Hogben (left) in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Derriford Hospital
Visual artist Alice Simpson is interested in the female experience, anger, grief, love and loss. Alice makes paintings inspired by conversations that she has with women related to current political issues affecting women's rights and lives. During her study at Plymouth College of Art, Alice acted as a Southwest Showcase Assistant Artist at MIRROR.
Kerry Dungay, Medical Education Manager and Chair of the Women’s Network at University Hospitals Plymouth said: “For many of the artists from beginners to professionals, including NHS staff who have expressed their experiences, it’s been more than just the art itself.
“For them, it’s been about the creative journey which has been very cathartic for people. It’s been a human journey and the artworks you will see reflect that human story.
“The end result is we are able to put these expressions of peoples’ experiences for everyone to view; to bring everyone together around something beautiful and positive after such a tough couple of years.
“In addition, historically medicine has been white male orientated and the paintings we display in our centre reflect that. We wanted to share art which inspires and motivates, and which demonstrates the width and breadth of diversity in the NHS, not just in ethnic background and gender, but also in peoples’ roles and the roles they play in the NHS.
“I want the workforce of tomorrow to walk into the centre and know that we celebrate diversity and inclusion and to feel inspired and motivated to work here.”
Annabelle accepting her award from Stephen Felmingham at the Masters' Summer Show Open 2021. Picture by Luke Frost.
The exhibition is open to the public at the Postgraduate Medical Centre, based at Derriford Hospital, from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 October 2021, from 9am until 4pm each day.
For more information visit the Postgraduate Medical Centre website.