Artlink presents a changing exhibition programme across four dedicated gallery spaces at the Royal Infirmary, Western General, St John’s and Royal Edinburgh Hospitals.
The exhibitions change every 3 to 4 months and display an exciting range of work; from the ever popular Hospital Open Exhibition showcasing the creative talents of patients and staff across NHS Lothian Hospitals, to photographic journeys by hospital staff, and exhibitions curated from work in the NHS Lothian Collection, local museums and community archives.
Where are the galleries?
The Royal Infirmary Pelican Gallery can be found on the ground floor south corridor just off the main mall, next to OPD4.
The Gallery at the Western General is in the ground floor link corridor between the Alexander Donald and Anne Ferguson buildings.
St John’s Hospital Gallery is on the 2nd floor next to the dining room.
The Edinburgh Landmarks exhibition has just finished at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and we decided to create a small publication to celebrate the creativity of the participants. Each of the people who took part in the exhibition received a copy as a thank you for taking part, as most were not able to see their work on display in the exhibition, they all loved it and so do we. View a selection of works, as well as the publication itself.
Next in the Link Gallery is an exhibition of drawings by Albert Nicolson. A series of beautiful line drawings of hats created in Artlink workshops at the R.E.H. Some of you may remember them from the Mark Dion exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery in 2014 as part of Ever Present Past.
We are also talking to Hans K Clausen, Hospital Exhibitions Manager, Tonic Arts Programme about developing another exhibition to go into the REH. Watch this space.
It’s nearly time for the annual staff and patient exhibition! This year it will be taking place in the gallery at the Western General Hospital from 1st March – April 2018.
The exhibition so far has been developed by illustrator Laura Cave Macgowan, in collaboration with staff and patients who responded to an earlier call for ideas. She would like to invite you to explore the theme of ‘escapism’ through art, by considering the use of mark-making, lines and pattern in making a piece of work. Perhaps you could take inspiration from what you do to relax or ground yourself. Whether its gardening, visiting a landscape or reading your favourite book, you might want to focus on a detail, such as the surface of a leaf, tiles on a floor, or something more abstract – be as imaginative as you wish!
If you’d like to take part, please read the guidelines and complete the submissions form, returning it to us by Monday 12th February. All artwork should be framed and handed in to the Artlink office by Monday 19th February.
We’re very much looking forward to seeing all of your unique and creative responses to the theme.
As a society we no longer create social spaces naturally. Within mental health the increasing reality is isolation and the lack of opportunity for people to find meaningful and engaging ways to belong to their immediate communities.
Over the past years Artlink projects at the Glasshouses in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh hospital, Leylines across West Lothian and Curious Routes within Edinburgh have at the heart of their studio practice the motivation to bring people together.
‘We as a group of people meet up, chat, eat, share and listen together. It allows us to creatively explore our realities of isolation, support each other and challenge the lack of meaningful opportunities that people face on a daily basis’
These projects become social spaces, a chance to engage and share in conversation. ‘Everyone recognises themselves in how the ideas emerge and the way we make them happen.’ Ideas develop naturally inspired by something as simple as a favourite tune, a movie that inspires a time and place, a shared memory. Common ground emerges and the inspiration to involve others is the next step.
In West Lothian’s Leylines project, Peter Johnstone brought his passion for up and coming Scottish music talent to his local community of Bathgate. ’I want people to experience music locally that they might otherwise have to travel to city centres to experience.’
Edinburgh’s Curious Routes project has been developing conversations around communal play through music and games. ‘Getting together and sharing is on our own terms, we inform our ideas from personal and lived experiences’
The Glasshouses studio is a collective group of artists who create unique projects and events that encourages participation and celebration, as one member of the collective puts it: ‘As a group we have created a safe and supportive environment to explore our ideas. We bounce ideas off one another, it encourages us to be bolder, more ambitious about how we involve others and have fun in what we create.’
Over the course of this exhibition at the Tent gallery, Glasshouses, Leylines and Curious Routes will be inviting groups and the public to actively take part in workshops or just enjoy the artworks on display.
A portable ping-pong table will be open for anyone to use. No points, no rules just play. Alongside this listen to music, chat about what motivates us and how we begin to create and be in charge of our own spaces.
Over the past year Artlink has been working towards this programme of
exhibitions, workshops and events which explores in some detail different aspects
of older age. We want to share the stories of love, life and family we came across
in our research.
We aren’t looking at this through rose-tinted spectacles; we know about the
problems that exist and the hardship that is experienced. What we want to show is
just how remarkable and resilient people are, how enthusiastic they are to join in,
work together and share their experiences.
Each participating hospital has its own ‘theme’ and all events match the interests of
the amazing people we have met and worked with over the years.
Although the exhibitions and events are aimed at older audiences and for those
who care for older people, we have designed this programme to have an open
appeal. You will be introduced to artists and writers who have an interesting
perspective on older age, as well as to local people and organisations who do
amazing work giving advice, support and providing recreational activities.
To make sure that everyone has the opportunity to join in, we have placed some of
these events are on closed wards and some in public spaces. All events are free.
If you want to take part, check what’s on on your ward, or find out more, get in
touch with us at Artlink.
The Pelican Gallery at the RIE, 11 November 2016 – 13 January 2017
The vision of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation is of healthier, longer lives for the people of Lothian. It invests in the promotion of better health and wellbeing across Edinburgh and the Lothians, making a difference to people’s lives on a local, regional and national level.
Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation holds an extensive collection of some 2,700 artworks. In December 2015 ELHF appointed the Royal Scottish Academy to deliver a comprehensive artwork collection management strategy. This will focus on gathering information and creating a complete catalogue of works in the collection, providing the foundations for interpretation of the collection and the re-hang of work across NHS Lothian sites.
As part of this approach, the collection will be opened out for engagement with the hospital communities, inviting feedback on artworks and where work could be displayed in the future. This exhibition acts as a starting point to this process, presenting a small body of work of the most recent artworks gifted to the ELHF Collection from the RSA.
If you would like to find out more information about the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Collection please contact Arts Manager Susan Grant via the website: