Tuesday, 16 November 2010

'A Picture of Health'

Art in Healthcare's New Works Exhibition, 'A Picture of Health'

Art in Healthcare is delighted to put on an exhibition showcasing some of the works added to the collection this last year, including pictures from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Featuring works by exceptional professional artists such as Jock McInnes, Marjorie I.Campbell, Colin Black and others, the exhibition will be held in the Atticsalt Gallery. This will be a great opportunity to view a selection of the pictures of Art in Healthcare's growing collection before they are sent off to their new homes in healthcare facilities throughout Scotland.

As Art in Healthcare's purpose is to improve the healing environment, director Margaret Hucombe explains that "we believe art has a powerful role to play in the health service and with these kind donations of artwork we can continue to provide a stimulationg environment for patients staff and visitors".

The exhibition will be open on the following days and times:
Friday 3rd December, Opening 18.00-20.30
Saturday 4 December, 10.30-16.30
Sunday 5 December- Saturday 11 December, 14.30-16.30

Attic Salt Gallery
50 Thrisle Street Lane North East,
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

More on Facebook event!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Flowers For Frida by John C Brown

Flowers of Frida,
2010, screenprint, 77x56 cm

Acclaimed artist John Brown created the new Prestigious Print, Flowers For Frida, for Art in Helathcare's annual art fundraising drive. Inspired by a trip to Mexico, flowers for Frida exemplifies Brown's distinctive, colourful and expressive style. Warm hues of red, orange and yellow, reflective of the Mexican landscape and culture intermingle and balance with darker colours, while sketch of Frida Kahlo, an exceptional artistic and social figure of 20th century Mexico, sits to the right of a vase overflowing with flowers.

As seen in the Flowers for Frida, colour is an important element of his work and usually its intense use is a direct response to travel, during which he collect information by drawing translated later into paintings. His solo exhibitions, with the latest one being held in London, October 2010, are inspired by visits to various places such as Tuscany, Kerala, Zanzibar, Spain, Vietnam, Mekong Delta and Cambodia.

In Novermber 2009, in the Sense of Fate catalogue entry he writes: "my work is inspired by visits to foreign parts (mostly where the sun shines brightest)… I draw with pencil in square sketchbooks in front of the subject, trying to establish what is essential and discarding the unimportant. These drawings inform the paintings executed in my Edinburgh studio…The sense of place is all important…I search for ways in which to communicate the reason-a subject makes me stop to look-the why and the how."
More work by the artist can be viewed in his personal website.

Get a print:

Although John Brown is mainly a painter working with a mixture of acrylic paint, washes, and collage, printed by hand at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop from 15 screens, the Flowers for Frida is an exception to his overall painting practice, therefore unique and Prestigious.

The print is available in a signed and limited edition of 75 and those purchasing it will acquire a picture by an artist of the highest quality, whose appears in various public and private collections throughout the world.
The print may be purchased for £295 and there are framing and delivery options available. For more information please contact Art in Healthcare.

The work will also appear in the Silent Auction event at the Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh.

John C. Brown:

Born in Scotland 1945, he trained in Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art (1963-68) and won a major travel scholarship from RSW and GSA resulting in one man show in the museum of GSA. Brown taught for 25 years while continuing to paint and exhibit in Edinburgh, London and Truro. Further detailed biographical information can be viewed in the artist's website.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Charity Fundraiser Silent Auction

Art in Healthcare is auctioning twelve lovely artworks to help raise money for the charity.
The Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh, is providing a 'gallery space' in the restaurant to showcase the pictures next week from Monday to Sunday.
We will also have on display Art in Healthcare's two latest Prestigious Prints AND, possibly the most sought after guitar in Scotland - a custom painted Gibson Les Paul Epiphone that has been signed by a load of great musicians including Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Barenaked Ladies and Jon Lord of Deep Purple!
Come on down to the Hard Rock Cafe to pick up some raffle tickets and check out some lovely artwork. You never know, you may just go home with a beautiful painting!
You can see all the pictures to be auctioned here in our slide show. For details and prices of works check our facebook page.

Auction starts November 3rd 7-9 pm until November 7th
Hard Rock Cafe
20 George Street
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

What a prize!

This guitar is becoming more and more unique and valuable! The custom painted Gibson Les Paul Epiphone has now been signed by Rod Jones, guitarist from Idlewild (left), exceptionally talented jazz musician Graeme Stephen (top), the members of Frightened Rabbit and also rising stars We Were Promised Jetpacks (centre)! For more details about the guitar or to get raffle tickets (£1 each) please go to http://www.trevorjonesart.com/

Wednesday, 11 August 2010



noun; an activity performed with the goal of promoting the well-being of fellow man.

There has been a lot of interest of late concerning philanthropic activity. Bill Gates for example has managed to persuade 40 other American billionaires to give at least half their fortunes away to good causes. Gates established a foundation in 1994 and since then he has donated nearly $23 billion for health and development in poor countries and to improve access for Americans to opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

(photo: Hard Rock Cafe staff member, Mike Hawker, promoting his 'Tour for a Cure' fundraiser)

However, as the definition above suggests, philanthropy is not only about giving away one's monetary wealth. It also incorporates the ‘altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement’ and therefore, any kind act with intent to better another individual or group’s situation or lives could be considered a philanthropic act.

On that note, I would like to draw your attention to the huge amount of energy and resources that a local business is expending to help our charitable organisation. Like many charities at the moment, we are struggling financially to make ends meet. I approached Dave Pellow, the General Manager at the Hard Rock Café, Edinburgh near the beginning of the year to ask if he would be interested in helping raise money for Art in Healthcare. Mr. Pellow thought it was an excellent idea as, although the HRC regularly raises money for various causes around the world, this would be the first opportunity for the Edinburgh restaurant to help a local and very ‘visible’ charitable organisation.

Since then, we have been working closely with the Hard Rock Café on a fundraising project involving a hand painted Gibson Epiphone guitar. Prize draw tickets to win the guitar have been printed and can be picked up at the restaurant as well as at the UNIONgallery. With the Edinburgh Festival taking place this month, the Hard Rock Café is, as usual, heaving with thousands of people from far and wide. I’ve been told the entire staff at the restaurant (and there are a lot of them!) have all been working exceptionally hard letting the visitors from around the world know about this guitar prize draw and also about the charity behind it. A special mention goes out to Mr Mike Hawker, who has taken this almost as a personal crusade to raise money for our charity.

Interestingly, Mr Hawker ‘Edinburgh’s Hard Rock Café leading philanthropic ambassador', organised his own charity event to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer Research, last Father’s Day. Including a day with fun filled activities for the whole family, he also drummed up support from the Harley Davidson’s Dunedin Chapter to provide rides along George Street for the guests. Then, Mr Hawker himself, toured around the UK on his ‘Tour for a Cure’ road trip to continue to raise awareness and funds for his cause.

This just goes to show that we don't all have to be like Bill Gates or other billionaires, offering up half our fortunes to make a difference. Whether it's one business, like the Hard Rock Cafe helping a local charity or even one person, such as Mike Hawker, taking it upon himself to make the world just a little bit better - we can all do something that counts for an act of philanthropy. It doesn't have to be big; it doesn't have to be worth billions, it just has to be about spending a little time doing something worthwhile for someone else.

If you would like prize draw tickets for the Epiphone guitar please visit this link HERE

Monday, 9 August 2010

Win a custom painted Epiphone guitar by Gibson!

The ballot cards for the Art in Healthcare charity fundraiser have arrived from the Hard Rock Cafe! So who wants to win this guitar?

Oh, and good news for all our overseas friends, this prize draw is open not just to UK residents but to anyone.
No purchase is necessary but donations to Art in Healthcare would be greatly appreciated. Just click on these links to donate at the Art in Healthcare website or at the artist, Trevor Jones' website.
Draw Date: 31 December 2010
Good Luck!!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

GET INVOLVED with Edinburgh University Art in Healthcare Society

Are you full of bright ideas? Organised and committed? Keen to enhance your CV? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Art in Healthcare needs YOU!

An exciting new society, associated with the Scottish charity Art in Healthcare, will be launched at the University of Edinburgh in September 2010. The Edinburgh University Art in Healthcare Society is currently advertising for the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer. The only condition is that you must be a matriculated student at the University of Edinburgh. If you think that you could be the one for the job, get in touch!

If you are interested in fulfilling one of these roles on the committee or in becoming an active member of the society, please come along to an information meeting at the end of April to find out more.

  • 6.30pm
  • Thursday, 29th April
  • Balcony Room, Teviot, University of Edinburgh

If you cannot make it to the meeting, but are still interested, please get in touch.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and gain valuable experience at the same time. We look forward to hearing from you!

AiH x

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

The Thrill of it All

We were delighted to see many of our members at Ingleby Gallery on Tuesday 16 March for another stimulating HEART Event. Thank you all for coming!

The exhibition of Peter Liversidge's latest work at Ingleby Gallery was well worth the visit and made even better by the opportunity to view the exhibition in a group and discuss the artwork afterwards.

David Mackay, who works at Ingleby Gallery, gave us an excellent introduction to the exhibition and shed a great deal of light on Liversidge's artistic process, which is quite unique. We were then free to explore the artwork displayed throughout the gallery, which we had all to ourselves, before reconvening to ask David lots of questions and have a good chat about the exhibition.

The breadth of Liversidge's creative practice is striking, as is his limitless imaginition. Reading through the framed proposals, which are arranged in a single line at eye level in the downstairs gallery, we spotted some highly amusing ideas, as well as some very simple, personal and moving suggestions. David also treated us to some hilarious anecdotes relating to the realisation of certain proposals. I don't think any of us will be asking Peter Liversidge to cook us a fish pie in a hurry!

The HEART Event at Ingleby Gallery provided a fascinating insight into all of the stages of Liversidge's creative process and I can safely say that we all left the gallery with big smiles on our faces, having been touched and tickled by Peter Liversidge's work.

Thank you very much to David Mackay and everyone else at Ingleby Gallery for hosting this event and allowing us to stay after closing time!

AiH x

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Tynepark Resource Centre

An exciting project has been underway at the Tynepark Resource Centre over the last three months. Art in Healthcare has donated nineteen artworks from the permanent collection for no charge to this resource centre dedicated to mental health for a period of one year. This effort was undertaken by Art in Healthcare to further the aims of the Scottish government in reaching a healthier and happier Scotland, particularly regarding mental health.

The goal is to get patients, staff members and visitors to engage with the artwork in the centre to improve the experience of those who find themselves in healthcare centres on a regular basis. To encourage interaction between art and viewers, Art in Healthcare asked ten people to help select a variety of paintings, prints, and other works to display at Tynepark. Since staff members and patients got to choose what artworks were selected, they showed greater interest in and appreciation for the art.

An informal art talk was presented by an intern with Art in Healthcare as well as Trevor Jones, the assistant director, in order to provide as much information as possible to the patrons to help them find different ways to connect with the art. Overall, this project has been a huge success! The feedback from staff, patients, and visitors has been very positive, and Art in Healthcare hopes these results will impact other healthcare centres throughout Scotland as they see the benefits of displaying artwork in a healing environment.

The images below are a sampling of the works selected by a group of staff members and patients from Tynepark Resource Centre:

Sara Beevers, Sopwith Camel
K. Hayes, The Lighthouse

Gill Tyson, Doubtful Spring


Carol Robertson, November the 5th

Michael Forbes, What's For Tea?

Expanding the Collection

Thanks to a generous donation from the Marjorie Ina Campbell Estate, Art in Healthcare has expanded its permanent collection with sixteen works from this respected Scottish artist.

Campbell (1936-1999) was a prolific artist with experience as a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, quilter, printer and glass designer. She began drawing and painting when she was a young girl and later studied under Sir William George Gillies at Edinburgh College of Art. If you or anyone you know is interested in displaying these beautiful works, contact Art in Healthcare at admin@artinhealth.org.

Enjoy a sneak peak!

Feel free to contact Art in Healthcare with any queries about these and other artworks by Marjorie Campbell.

Project with Edinburgh World Heritage and St. Crispin's School

We're very excited to be asked by Edinburgh World Heritage to work with them on a project to reach out to the young in Edinburgh. As part of World Heritage Day that EWH is organising in April, we will be bringing some beautiful pictures of Edinburgh from our collection next week to St Crispin's School. Using these pictures and a couple of prints by Scottish artist Jane Hyslop, several students will create works of art that show what Edinburgh means to them. The works will then be mounted and exhibited at a venue in Central Edinburgh, in conjunction with World Heritage Day. That's from April 15 to 22, so mark your calendars and watch this space! It's going to be fantastic.

St Crispin's School is a special school that provides education to primary and secondary-age children, and meets the additional needs of pupils with more severe, complex learning difficulties, according to its Web site. We visited the school last week to observe their learning, and are so moved by the dedication and patience shown by its teachers and helpers in making a difference in the children's lives. And they love art!

Similarly, EWH aims to make a positive impact on these children's lives by inspiring them to think about their environment and the city's architecture creatively. This is a pilot project for EWH to reach out to the young and other groups that have traditionally not been audiences of heritage. EWH's mandate is to build awareness of the city's World Heritage Site - consisting the Old Town and the New Town - by promoting enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of its value and significance, it says on its Web site.

This collaboration, we believe, will yield pretty great results. We'll be writing again after the event next week to show exactly what came out of it, so please do come back!

Have a great week ahead!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

HEART Events - Tuesday 16 March

Thank you to everyone who attended the HEART Event on Wednesday 24 February! It was a great success and we were all delighted to have the opportunity to hear Mark Eischeid talking about his artwork.

The next HEART Event will take place next Tuesday at Ingleby Gallery. David Mackay from the gallery will give a tour of the current exhibition of Peter Liversidge's work, entitled 'The Thrill of it All'.

Peter Liversidge is an artist whose imagination knows no bounds, so prepare to be tickled and surprised! His exhibitions always begin as a set of proposals – ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous – which are written on his old typewriter and then sent to the gallery. The 'Thrill of it All' features his suggestions for Ingleby Gallery, as well as the realisation of a selection of them.

As always, this HEART Event will be followed by drinks and discussion at a nearby bar.
  • 5-6pm
  • Tuesday 16 March
  • Ingleby Gallery, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL
Put it in your diary!

AiH x

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

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AiH x

HEART Events - Wednesday 24 February

We've just announced our next speaker for HEART Events (Art in Healthcare's series of monthly talks on health and art). Drum roll please!

MARK EISCHEID - an award-winning American artist - will be talking about his time as artist in residence at QMRI (Queen's Medical Research Institute).

Eischeid was the 2009 recipient of the ‘British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence Artist in Residence Award’ and is currently completing a postgraduate degree in Art, Space & Nature at Edinburgh College of Art. He also has a professional background in geology and landscape architecture.

It promises to be a fascinating talk and will be followed by drinks and mingling at a nearby bar.

  • 5-6pm
  • Wednesday 24 February
  • Lecture Room 1, Minto House, 20-22 Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Put it in your diary!

AiH x

Allow us to introduce ourselves...

We're new to this blogging business, so excuse us if it takes a little while to get the hang of it!

Art in Healthcare is a Scottish charity, which believes in the healing power of art. Our main aim is to put artwork into healthcare settings and improve the physical environment for patients, visitors and staff. We currently have over 850 stimulating works of art on display around Scotland.

We also run a series of talks on art and health. More information on HEART Events coming shortly...

Until later!

AiH x