Artistic NHS staff sought for exhibition at Bedford Hospital

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Anne-Marie Stijelja

To coincide with Creativity and Wellbeing week in June, local artist, Anne-Marie Stijelja is curating an exhibition of work created by staff employed by the NHS to be displayed in Bedford Hospital.

The Bluebell Art Gallery is situated near the entrance to the hospital’s Swannery Restaurant and was set up three years ago by Anne-Marie to bring joy and distraction to staff, patients and visitors.

It has proved a great success with many sales of work for local artists and from the many emails of thanks and gratitude received it has given comforting times to the viewer.

“I’m calling on all artistic NHS staff to get in touch and submit their work,” said Anne-Marie.

“This could include painting, photography, textiles and sculpture. The only stipulation is that all work must be able and ready to hang in May.”

If you work for the NHS – in any capacity – and would like to take part, expressions of interest need to be sent to Anne-Marie by April 17th 2019

Bluebell art gallery
Bluebell art galley at Bedford Hospital

During Creativity and Wellbeing week, Anne-Marie will be running a practical felt-making workshop in The Swannery on 13 June. Open to anyone, the finished artwork will be hung in the hospital’s multi faith room. The workshop will run from 9am-4pm and is free of charge. This has been made possible from money that The Bluebell Gallery has generated.

The workshop and staff exhibition will be listed in LAHF (London Arts in Health Forum) brochure. Creativity and Wellbeing week has be running for eight years and although initially it was only a London event it has now grown to over 350 events nationwide and reaches over 35,000 people.

Please contact Anne-Marie on amstijelja@btinternet.com for further details.

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