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North London Hospice gets arty

  • Published date
    09/11/2015
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

Staff, patients and volunteers were treated to an informal art talk by Paintings in Hospitals this month. Helen Copsey from the organisation delivered a fascinating talk about John Piper’s ‘Fawley III’, one of the paintings displayed at the reception area at the Winchmore Hill Hospice.

Patients and everyone else who attended the Paintings in Hospitals talk were given a handout entitled ‘The Art of Looking’ which included questions to get people to think about five different elements that make up an artwork: Mood, Content, Form, Process and Context. Following the talk patients, carers and families were invited to try their hand at making some art in response to the talk.

Helena Copsey, Loans and Engagement Manager at Paintings at Hospitals said: “Our artwork talks and creative activities help service users and members of staff engage with our collection in a more meaningful, personal ways. I enjoyed speaking about John Piper’s painting at North London Hospice – there was an opportunity for the group to think about their own personal interpretation of the work which generated some interesting conversations.”

Paintings in Hospitals has been loading artwork to North London Hospice since 1991.

Paintings in Hospitals is a charity which was established in London in 1959 and now works across the UK. They have developed a diverse art collection, many of which are placed in hospitals and hospices. They believe that art has therapeutic benefits and has an important role to play in the healing process. They use visual art and creative activities and projects to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users, carers and the public.

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