Artwork by staff and service users for sale at Art Fair

Posted: 28/01/20

Several framed drawings on easels, on a tabletop in the Arts Project studio

As the Trust’s Arts Project has acquired a huge archive of work created over the years, the team are holding an Art Fair on the 4th and 5th of February 2020 to showcase some of the work to the public. All the artworks will be for sale, with proceeds invested back into the project.

You can view a selection of work that will be available for sale in the gallery below, which also lists size, medium and whether the work is sold framed or unframed. We hope you agree that there will something at the Art Fair to suit all tastes and budgets. Work can be purchased at the events by cash or cheque.

All the artworks have been created as part of the Arts Project by patients and staff from secure mental health and learning disability services at Bamburgh Clinic in Newcastle and Northgate Hospital in Northumberland, both run by the Trust.

Through the arts project, weekly art sessions are tailored to each person’s needs following a referral to this specialist team by their Occupational Therapist. The project can often play a vital role in peoples’ recovery.

There is lots of evidence that creating art can help people feel more socially included and improve their self-esteem and confidence, as they are encouraged to recognise their achievements and take pride in sharing them with others. In the Arts Project, patients come together in less clinical surroundings to explore their creativity in a cheering and friendly space surrounded by many colourful and interesting works of art such as this one.

All proceeds will be put back into the service for the benefit of Northgate and Bamburgh Clinic patients to fund materials for future Arts Project sessions.

The fair will be taking place in the Committee Dining Room, Clock Tower Building, St Nicholas Hospital, from 10:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 16:00 on the 4th and 5th of February.  The event is free, and there is no need to book – just drop in when you can. You can keep up to date via the Art Fair’s Facebook Event.

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