Art project team to host exhibition

Miners lamps after biscuit firing.
Miners lamps after biscuit firing.

A Northumberland hospital’s arts project team is busily preparing artworks to go on display at Woodhorn Museum this spring.

The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) Arts Project is based at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth, and was recently awarded an Arts Council grant for an exhibition at the Ashington-based museum in March 2015.

Jane Akhurst, arts project manager at NTW, said: “The last few months have seen a flurry of activity across all of the art and music workshops we have.

“Pottery miners’ lamps, a ball gown depicting the experiences of servants and a brass band composition of pop songs are just some of the things being cooked up by the workshops to go on display in March.

“So many shared experiences and conversations have taken place with support staff, often with family attachments to the Northumberland mining industry going back generations, sharing stories and memories with patients and getting involved with the artwork projects.”

“It’s been a very busy but rewarding project so far,” she added.

“We have a lot more work to do to get ready for the exhibition but we definitely have an excellent start.”

Danielle Burn, Woodhorn’s community participation officer, has been helping to bring artefacts from the museum to the hospital.

Patients have also had the opportunity to visit the museum, often when it is closed, to have guided tours and look at the vaults.

Help is also at hand from Paul Merrick, who curated the Baltic exhibition Reflections last year, who will facilitate a series of workshops to involve patients in the selection and curation of the Woodhorn exhibition.

With Paul’s help, patients will critique the work they have produced and decide on how the exhibition will look.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com where more details will be added.