Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs King’s Mill and Newark Hospitals, possesses a varied collection of art across these two sites. The Trust is keen to incorporate art and design into the hospitals to provide a colourful and visually striking distraction in many environments, such as visitor waiting rooms, outpatient clinics and children’s play areas. The bulk of the Collection was assembled through donations from appeals, patients or members of staff. In the early 1990s, the Art in Health organisation provided some vibrant copies of original paintings by well-known artists, now displayed in the X-Ray Department at King’s Mill. Several brightly coloured abstracts were purchased to liven up the main entrance and create a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Blue Flax and Bonnieux, Provence, France are from a larger collection of works, consisting mostly of watercolours, given by the estate of Marjorie Arnfield in 2006.
With the Foundation’s ongoing redevelopment scheme, due to be completed in 2011, the Trust hopes to add to its Collection, highlighting the value and importance of art in the health sector.
Angharad Jones, Nottinghamshire Co-ordinator for The Public Catalogue Foundation
Text source: PCF / Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This description was originally written for a catalogue.