Photographers in the frame for new Northumberland hospital

The mobile that has been installed in the new Northumbria hospital.
The mobile that has been installed in the new Northumbria hospital.

Photographers across the North East are being given the opportunity to have their work displayed in Northumberland’s new hospital dedicated to emergency care.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a photography competition to find images to be exhibited in key locations of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which opens in Cramlington next month. The images will help people find their way to wards and departments.

It is part of the trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff. The programme has already seen a large mobile – A Murmuration of Starlings – installed in the main entrance of the Northumbria hospital with an external sculpture to be unveiled soon.

The photography competition is divided into five categories: Local scenes and landscapes; Northumbria coastline; objects close up (keep people guessing!); wildlife, animals and nature; and things that make you smile.

People of any age are invited to submit their images (resized for email to around 500kb) to brightcharity@northumbria.nhs.uk by the closing date of midnight on Sunday 14 June. Only one entry per category is permitted.

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and the patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We’re passionate about improving the hospital environment for our patients, visitors and staff in order to create an uplifting atmosphere that eases anxieties and soothes the soul.

“These stunning images, such as photographs of our local landscapes and wildlife that will evoke recollections and memories, will not only look fantastic, they will brighten up people’s stays in hospital and provide talking points.

“We’re extremely keen to involve our local communities in producing artwork for our new hospital and we know there are many extremely talented photographers across the area.

“We would urge people to get out and about with their camera over the next couple of weeks and send us their images to be in with a chance of having their work displayed in the new Northumbria hospital which is the first of its kind in the country dedicated to providing emergency care.”

Winners will be chosen for each of the five categories plus an overall winner. The chosen images will need to be able to be enlarged to A0 size so make sure the original photograph file size is as large as possible.

Northumbria Healthcare’s arts steering group and award-winning photographer Ikuko Tsuchiya will judge the images. Ikuko is no stranger to the trust having documented a year in the trust in 2004 and produced Images of Trust.

The main prize will be a voucher worth £250 and a half-day photography tutorial from Ikuko, with category winners each receiving a camera bag.

It is a condition of entry that all images submitted to the competition may be held on our database and reproduced for display within any of the trust’s hospitals or premises.

For further information contact Katie Dawson on 0191 2031354 or email by katie.dawson@northumbria.nhs.uk

When the new Northumbria hospital opens in June, seriously ill or injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside will arrive by emergency blue light ambulance, be referred by their GP or may arrive themselves. Senior decision making on arrival and fast access to diagnostics located close to the emergency department hub will ensure speedy test results allowing specialists to start treatment earlier, improving outcomes and recovery.

It is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s innovative new model of emergency care which will help save more lives and improve clinical outcomes for more patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.