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New artwork goes on display at the Cumberland Infirmary 'bringing the outside in'

Posted on Tuesday 13th December 2016

Representatives from the Trust, Tullie House and Prism Arts

From Tuesday 13 December, patients, staff and visitors at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle will be able to view prints from the fine art collection of Tullie House.

Since 2014, a group of cultural and arts organisations working within Carlisle, including Tullie House and Prism Arts, have met with staff from the hospital to explore opportunities for culture and the arts to have a positive impact on wellbeing and environment within the hospital.

An in-depth survey of staff and patients took place focussing on the kind of images they would like to see displayed in the main link corridor at the hospital, with landscapes proving to be the most popular choice. 

Inspired by this, a selection of images from the Tullie House collection were chosen by staff from the hospital, Tullie House and Prism Arts. Internationally renowned artist Martin Greenland was also involved in the curation process, and the final selection includes a number of his imaginative landscapes.

Titled ‘Curious Landscapes’, all the works on display feature something unusual, a point of interest or people in action: something that will hopefully engage curiosity, whether it’s a fisherman working along the Solway, a cricket match in Carlisle or a majestic mountain landscape that seems familiar at first glance.

The project has been funded by charitable donations to North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust through the Evidence Based Design Committee. All parties hope this will be the start of an ongoing partnership exploring how arts and culture can contribute to long term health and wellbeing.

Mr Paul Counter, chair of the healing arts organisation at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and consultant ENT surgeon, said: “The arts are clearly an important part of people’s lives and it has been shown that bringing the arts into hospital in the right way can make measurable improvements in people’s health.

“This project is a first step in doing just that and it marks the start of a productive collaboration between the Trust and the arts community in Cumbria. We are keen for anyone who has an interest in this area, whether they work for the NHS or within the arts, to contact us so that we can develop further projects.”

Anna Smalley, Learning & Engagement Manager at Tullie House, said: “We are delighted to be able to display such a beautiful selection of artwork outside the museum. As part of our recently launched manifesto, we want to make the museum collection more accessible to our community, and this project has been an important way for us to help fulfil this aim.”