Artworks are unveiled at new hospital

Some of the women who contributed to the tree of life embroideries on display at The Northumbria hospital.
Some of the women who contributed to the tree of life embroideries on display at The Northumbria hospital.

Special artwork has gone on display at the county’s newest hospital.

Two special embroideries showing the tree of life have gone on display at The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

The embroideries, which can be seen in the main entrance area and restaurant, were created by a group of women following a series of community workshops organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Nearly 30 people contributed to the artworks.

The embroideries are part of the trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at the trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the embroideries and want to thank everyone involved for their contribution.

“They really are stunning artworks of the highest quality and demonstrate such a variety of skills and styles and shows what a wealth of talent there is in the area.

“Much thought went into the type of things that should be included – if you look closely you will see all sorts of things, even a bird’s nest made with twigs! The level of detail is astonishing.”

“It’s clear that everyone involved put a lot of care and effort into their individual pieces, which were all hand sewn.

“We have been receiving lots of positive feedback about the new artworks and hope they bring enjoyment to people visiting the hospital.”