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18th July 2019

Ipswich Hospital Artwork project


Ipswich Hospital’s artwork project to encourage universities, colleges and schools to exhibit student paintings and photography in the hospital corridors is continuing to grow. The hospital now has artwork from Suffolk New Academy, Kesgrave High, Northgate High and the Royal Hospital School.

In the coming weeks new work from Debenham High School, Thomas Wolsey School, Farlingaye High and from Suffolk photographer Ally McBain will be put on display.

pooleMuch of the existing artwork in the display cabinets along the hospital’s main corridors
is by David Poole, a former artist in residence. It is almost 20 years since the work was first displayed and following discussions with patient representatives and colleagues, the cabinets will be refreshed and his artwork in the cabinets and on the walls will be offered for sale.

A collection of David’s work has been chosen by hospital colleagues who both knew and worked alongside him. The work chosen reflects the artist’s themes and love of Suffolk and Norfolk. This collection will be displayed in a prominent place in the hospital as a tribute to his work and contribution to hospital life.

Photographs of all his work for sale are now available on the hospital website www.ipswichhospital.nhs.uk/news/david-poole-picture-sale

All the money raised from the sale will be reinvested in new artwork and photography. Many wards and departments are already using artwork to improve the environment for patients and new works could be funded through the Arts for Health fund. An earlier sale of artwork in storage raised several hundred pounds which is being used to support a photography project in the Clinical Investigations Unit.

If you would like to buy a piece of the artwork on sale, please send your offer, name and contact details, the cabinet number, picture letter (a,b,c) or framed picture number and a description of the painting you would like to buy, to the following email address:
davidpoole.auction@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk

There is a minimum bid of £25 for the larger pieces of art work on display. If more than one offer or ‘bid’ is received, the highest bidder will secure the painting or drawing. Smaller pictures, which will be identified on the photographs, have no minimum bid.
The sale will continue until 17 February 2014 to allow plenty of time for viewing and offers.

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