Patients set to show off their artistic talents

Miners lamps after biscuit firing, created by patients in the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Arts Project at Northgate Hospital for an exhibition at Woodhorn.
Miners lamps after biscuit firing, created by patients in the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Arts Project at Northgate Hospital for an exhibition at Woodhorn.

Hospital patients in Morpeth are revealing their hidden artistic talents for a new exhibition.

The Arts Project based at Northgate Hospital, run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, has secured an Arts Council grant to stage an exhibition at Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, next month.

Patients have taken part in various workshops and visited the museum, and are now making final preparations for the display, which will include pottery miners’ lamps, a ballgown depicting servants’ experiences and a brass band composition of pop songs.

Arts Project Manager Jane Akhurst said: “The last few months have seen a flurry of activity across all of the art and music workshops.

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

Woodhorn Community Participation Officer Danielle Burn and Paul Merrick, who curated the Baltic exhibition Reflections, have been supporting the project.