AboutPaintings in Hospitals is hosting its fourth annual summer exhibition, âIn Search of Beauty and Wellbeing', at the Menier Gallery between 23 July 14 August 2008, admission is free.
This exhibition centres on the role that art plays in a person's emotional and physical wellbeing. Supported by a programme of artist's talks, the exhibition will highlight the necessity for art as a means of communication, expression, and release, as well as its importance to one's general wellbeing and happiness.
A specially curated exhibition of works from Paintings in Hospitals' collection presents the evidence, arguments and processes for having art in healthcare facilities. During the exhibition, various artist talks will explore how art and having access to art can speed up a patient's recovery, reduce drug consumption, act as a distraction, enable communication and act as a vehicle for therapy.
Adam Hahn & Professor Pete Coffey is Director of the London Project to Cure Blindness, Institute of Ophthalmology, (Wed 23 July at 1pm) will talk about Hahn's paintings that documents and explores what is seen by people with Macular Degeneration, an eye condition affecting the centre of the vision. Created from the perspective of a person with this condition, these paintings engage the viewer in trying to understand how other people see.
Speakers include John D Edwards (30 July at 6.30pm), an artist who has created a body of work in response to a life threatening form of cancer. He brings awareness to the impact of art on the healing process and opens up discussion about illness. Following the exhibition, John's work will tour healthcare sites around the UK.