Community art gallery opens at GWH

Posted: September 10, 2012

First exhibition on display from local artist

A local artist has created a series of paintings for display in the new community art gallery which has opened at Great Western Hospital.

The exhibition entitled Streets of Swindon, features four eye-catching paintings based on the idea of figures and Swindon streets.  His exhibition is on display until October 19th.

Artist Tim Carroll, who has exhibited his work in a number of galleries including The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, has combined observation with imagination by putting figure groups in recognisable local settings.  The paintings are called Town Centre, St. Margaret's Road, The Town Gardens, and Regent's Circus.

Tim, who studied Fine Art at university said: "I am pleased to have my exhibition on display for the opening of the community art gallery at GWH.  Artwork can be very therapeutic, which is why it makes such a difference in a hospital environments, particularly for patients.  I have never exhibited in a hospital before so it is great to have the opportunity; the community gallery is a wonderful idea."

 Swindon Streets 
Image credit © Tim Carroll, 'The Town Centre', Acrylic on canvas, 2004

The community art gallery is situated on the ground floor along the corridor by the Emergency Department, and it's aim is to put greater emphasis on community artwork and provide a platform for local people to get involved with art in hospitals.

 Jane Coleborn, Chief Pharmacist and Chair of the Arts Committee at GWH said:

 "We are delighted to open our new community art gallery and to have Tim's work on display.  The use of art within hospitals is recognised as providing considerable benefits to patients, staff and visitors, which is why we have always worked to make art a prominent feature of GWH."

"There are already a number of individual artworks on display across the hospital, and we have a dedicated exhibition space on the ground floor where we display a range of artwork, most recently an exclusive exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum.  This new community art gallery is another step towards raising the profile of art in hospitals, and is extra special because it will feature artwork from people in the local community, many of which may have used our hospital services or have friends or relatives who have."

The Arts Committee are calling on patients, staff, visitors and local people to contribute pieces of artwork for display.  The paintings can be anything from photography, digital prints, paintings, even poetry, as long as it is in 2D form.

If you are interested in contributing to the Community Art Gallery email Rose Leather at rose.leather@gwh.nhs.uk or contact 01793 605277.

More information about Tim's work is available on his website www.timcarroll.yolasite.com.

Please note:

  • All artwork will be submitted to the Arts Committee for approval prior to display.

  • There will be four exhibitions per year in the gallery space; whilst there is no set theme for the artwork, anything with an emphasis on the local area or community will be welcomed.

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