NHS staff create art for Bedford Hospital exhibition

Creativity and wellbeing exhibition
A new exhibition of artwork by NHS employees has launched at the Bluebell Gallery at Bedford Hospital.
The exhibition coincides with #creativityandwellbeingweek run by London Arts in Health Forum.
It has been curated by artist, Anne-Marie Stijelja who set up the gallery three years ago and features work by the following:
  • John Cooper – Doctor
  • Julie Ford – Medical secretary
  • Rob Mitchell – Paramedic
  • Purandhar Nosina – GP
  • Stephanie Philips – Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Heather Telford – Clinical Cancer Navigator
  • Marielle Valette – Lead diabetes specialist dietician
  • Gaile Wood – Inpatients co-ordinator at Moorfields

“I’d like to thank all the NHS staff members who submitted work for the exhibition,” said Anne-Marie.

“Creativity has a big impact on physical and metal wellbeing especially for those in stressful and demanding roles.

“It is important to encourage and celebrate art in all its forms. This exhibition will now become an annual event to coincide with Creativity and Wellbeing Week.

“We’ve already sold one piece of work, bought by a lady celebrating the news that she’s now cancer-free.”

As part of 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.

Creativity and wellbeing exhibitionThe workshop and staff exhibition will be listed in LAHF (London Arts in Health Forum) brochure.

Creativity and Wellbeing week has been running for eight years and has grown to over 350 events nationwide and reaches over 35,000 people.

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