Islands inspire art exhibition at hospital

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A new art exhibition inspired by the Farne Islands has been unveiled.

Staged at Hexham General Hospital, the artwork is by wildlife and landscape painter Rosie Villiers-Stuart and includes contributions from Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School students Leila Belkin, Halle Poppy Dixon and Rosie Mace.

Rosie said: “I love small islands and the abundance of nesting seabirds on the Farnes, so close to our Northumberland coast, makes these islands a magnet for me. Because the birds are used to humans, it’s possible to get close without using a telescope, which offers me wonderful opportunities as a painter.

“It seemed to me that the theme would suit ahospital environment as I’m sure so many people will know and love the Farnes. I hope the sea, islands and birds will bring something of space and wildness into the hospital.”

William Pym, teacher of art at Queen Elizabeth High School, said: “Our high achieving art department is committed to supporting opportunities for our creative students to take part in community initiatives. We are delighted with the success of our young artists who have worked hard to create the beautiful paintings

The exhibition, curated by artist Matilda Bevan, can be seen in the atrium outside the HVS shop for six months.