Ey up duck, patients are tweeting their art

Albert the Duck , the creator of which received a Koestler Certificate.
Albert the Duck , the creator of which received a Koestler Certificate.

Patients in Northumberland have been showing their artistic flair in a creative competition.

The Koestler Art Competition included work in a range of mediums, such as drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, animation, textiles, music technology and music composition.

Now Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), which organised the contest for patients, has held a prize-giving ceremony at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth to recognise their achievements.

Special guests included Fiona Curran, who is Director of Arts at the Koestler Trust, and Emma Thomas, Head of Learning and Engagement at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

NTW Arts Project Manager Jane Akhurst said: “What an amazing year it has been for our patients who put artwork into the 2013 Annual Koestler Art Competition and have now received so many awards in recognition of their creative talent, imagination and effort.

“I know I speak on behalf of the whole organisation when I say I could not be more proud of their achievements. Every piece of artwork entered into the awards was outstanding.

“Projects such as this, alongside regular art workshops provided by the Arts Project, give patients a sense of hope and purpose.”

She added: “The personal encouragement such experiences bring cannot, to my mind, be underestimated.

“Being involved in art groups within the hospital, finding and developing interests and talents in a sociable and welcoming setting over weeks and months, gives patients a model of positive living and self-worth to take with them into their future lives after leaving the care of the hospital.

“It’s all about seeing themselves as having something worthwhile to give.”

Examples of the patients’ work can be found on Twitter at @ntwnhs