MP discovers art could be just what the doctor ordered

August 24, 2009 10:34 AM
Howarth visits Addenbrooke's Art Walk

David Howarth and Damian Hebron with one of the impressive giant mosaics which are part of the hospital's Art Walk.

MP David Howarth discovered that art could be just what the doctor ordered as an impressive exhibition at the city's Addenbrooke's Hospital is making life brighter.

Mr Howarth was invited to view some of the 4,000 plus works by local and national artists that help to brighten up the wards, corridors, clinics and waiting areas at the hospital.

Funded by charitable donations, fund-raising and earnings from sales of the paintings, the exhibition includes canvasses, photographs and three giant mosaics created by youngsters from the hospital's childrens' ward and visiting children from Kenya.

The exhibition is designed to distract, amuse, enlighten and encourage patients and visitors to the hospital.

Addenbrooke's Arts Co-ordinator, Damian Hebron, who took Mr Howarth on a guided tour, has been able to commission site specific art works and art workshops, residencies, including poetry, and talks and musical events have been organised.

Mr Howarth said: "This is a really inspiring project. The diverse range of work using many different techniques brightens up the long corridors and public areas of the hospital.

"The various different pieces are a talking point and it is encouraging to think that a visit to hospital, which in many cases can be a nerve-wracking and worrying time, could be made a little easier by this project. I wish it every success for the future."

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