Patients’ art proves a hit as it wins award

Artworks created by North East NHS patients.
Artworks created by North East NHS patients.
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Artwork created by North East NHS patients has won the highest trophy possible in a national arts competition that champions the creativity of ex-offenders.

The Koestler Awards celebrate all forms of art created by ex-offenders, secure patients, and detainees.

Artworks created by North East NHS patients.

Artworks created by North East NHS patients.

Four pieces by patients of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) have received Platinum Awards, the top accolade handed out by judges.

And five artworks have already been on display at London’s Southbank Centre in the national Koestler Awards exhibition, ‘We Are Human’.

A presentation to honour the achievements was held at Northgate Hospital.

A Platinum Award winner was Ahoy!, as was Red Fish, a piece in watercolour and gouache.

Other NTW entries included Get Lucky, which won a Certificate in Painting, and Samurai Warrior, which won a Highly Commended Award in Calligraphy.

Arts Project manager Jane Akhurst said: “For me one of the best parts is reading out the judges’ handwritten comments at the presentation, so patients hear an outside expert opinion about their individual artwork and receive that encouragement.”

“We had four Platinum Awards at Northgate this year, and this is a lifetime achievement for those patients in receipt of the top Koestler Awards, of which there are very few given out across the whole UK.”