The West Gallery is situated in Zone B on the Ground Floor along the children’s corridor and near the Friends of the RUH coffee shop.
King Edwards School (KES) Artists
The KES exhibition of 10 artworks, entitled ‘A Window of Intrigue’ feature a range of mix media pieces created by Year 12 & 13 students. The exhibition is installed along the West Corridor of the hospital, outside the Friends Coffee shop and will be on show until the end of October.
Students have used mixed media to record and present inanimate objects, views of iconic city-scapes, typography, the human form and even self-portraits. Prints of the exhibition artworks are available to buy, with a third of all sales going to the RUH Arts Fund.
Emma studied art in school then trained as a doctor. Some years later Emma became very ill and was medically retired. She has always used art as an outlet and she feels that expression through creativity is important for everyone.
Having completed an art foundation course, with distinction from the UAL, she is studying for a Plymouth University foundation degree in contemporary fine art practice at Weymouth College. Social issues interest Emma and these are the themes of her work. She feels the arts are a tool for expression and political expression is very pertinent to her.
During Emma’s foundation, she undertook projects about the decline of industries and communities and mental health and these are the woodcuts which arose from these projects. She looked at the juxtaposition between wealth and poverty and the glass ceiling. Emma’s current project is looking at organ transplantation. The aim is to get people talking about transplantation and thinking about their own ability to donate and get registered. This work has been on show at Dorset County Hospital and can now be seen here at the RUH.
Emma interviewed 22 people locally to her for the communities and mental health project. They spoke about various issues including where people went to meet or pass time and felt safe, what people did to occupy themselves and give relief and the need to have some freedom.
There were all sorts of places around Bridport (where Emma is based) where people went to meet up and talk and share their experiences. These are shown in the Sanctuary woodcut.
People said all sorts of creative activities gave them some relief. Several people said they found knitting helpful, the Relief woodcut.
For many people they relied on their bus passes to give them a degree of freedom. Hence the bus stop in the Freedom woodcut.
Artsparks brings a series of regular creative workshops to young patients on the Children’s Ward. The workshops led by our Lead Artist, Edwina Bridgeman and Visiting Artist, Charlotte Stowell allow patients to use their imagination and develop their own ideas. The artwork can then be taken home, shown to clinical staff or installed in the public Artsparks gallery in Zone B which reaches an audience of 22,000 people per year.