Wednesday, 30 March 2011

New works gifted to Art in Healthcare!

Art in Healthcare have been kindly given new painting acquisitions from Norma Drummond, the wife of Les Drummond. Many thanks to Norma for her generous contribution.

Les Drummond D.A. (1920-1997)

Born in Edinburgh, Drummond served in the R.A.F., 1940-46. His love or art led him to study Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, 1950-54 and at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1955. After living in London, he returned to Edinburgh to continue painting and studying until he became a teacher of art with Lothian Region, 1965-85.

During these years he produced numerous paintings of landscapes and mythical themes with poetic figures, birds, animals and horses. In the 1970’s and ‘80s he turned his creative talent to metal sculptures, using arc welding in mild steel with horses, birds and figures dominating his work. Ager retiring from teaching, his work moved into a more creative style with poetic, imaginative, dream-world thoughts on figure painting, while his colours became more intense and vigorous, as show in his later work in the 1990’s.

Les exhibited paintings and sculptures in many Edinburgh galleries, including the RSA, SSA, City Art Centre, English Speaking Union, Commonwealth Institute, Kingfisher Gallery, Torrance Gallery and Hanover Fine Arts, where his memorial exhibition was held in 1998. Since 2004, a photographic record of his metal sculptures has been held at the archive of the National Museum of Scotland.

Monday, 21 March 2011

University Society Art Worshops

Friends of Art in Healthcare University Society secured funds through Neighbourhood Partnership funded by Edinburgh City Council to do art workshops with the residents of 5 care homes in South Edinburgh. They are also paying the rental for 20 pictures for one year from our collection to be split between these care homes. The art workshops have been a big success.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Art in Healthcare Annual Spring Raffle Draw!

Fabulous prizes include: 2 ipod nanos; restaurant dinners for two; beauty gift vouchers; an Insect & Butterfly World family pass; art exhibition private tours; and many more exciting prizes. Tickets are only £1 each.

The draw will take place on 31st March. So take a chance and make a difference to Art in Healthcare.
For tickets please call 0131 555 7638.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Paintings for Alcohol Focus Scotland

Recently a few of our artworks found a new home at the Alcohol Focus Scotland national charity. Alcohol Focus Scotland is working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, trying to ''create a culture where low alcohol consumption is the norm''! The paintings look fantastic in the new environment and they were warmiy welcomed. AiH is happy to contribute to such an important cause.

For more about Alcohol Focus Scotland visit

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

“Six of Scotland's Best” - Art Talks Making a Difference

A little less than two years ago, notable Scottish art historian and Edinburgh University lecturer, Bill Hare was diagnosed with cancer.

It’s been a long and arduous journey back to health; however, Hare has, with great relief, recently been given the ‘all clear’ by his doctor.

Hare was so impressed with the excellent care from the Western General Hospital and also with the important services and facilities of the Maggie’s Centre he has been looking at ways of ‘giving something back’. And so, working with us, Art in Healthcare, in which Hare is also a board member, he has developed a programme of art talks to be held at the National Gallery of Scotland for others whose lives have been affected by cancer.

A free, six week art appreciation session is being offered by Hare looking at some of the best Scottish painting in the renowned collection of the NGS, including works by Ramsay, Raeburn, Wilkie and McTaggart.

In the end it’s hoped that those that participate in this course, who have or are going through a life changing recovery process, will be mentally enriched and spiritual uplifted by a deeper appreciation of the wonderful Scottish art that this country’s artists have created.

Sessions will run every Thursday for six weeks from 1:00 - 2:30pm beginning 19 May. Availability will be limited. Anyone who is interested in taking part in this programme should contact Art in Healthcare to book.