Art in Healthcare

While art and crafts have for a long time provided therapeutic activities for those recovering from illness, many recent studies suggest that just being surrounded by beautiful works of art has a part to play in lifting the spirits and adding to a stimulating environment. This in turn helps promote the healing process, reduces pain medication and shortens hospital stays.

Art in Healthcare is a Scottish Charity based in Leith which has been lending high quality artwork to hospitals and other healthcare centres throughout the country for almost 20 years. They are the only charity in the country to provide this service.

Says Director Trevor Jones, “We have a large collection of over 1300 works by Scottish artists including John Bellany, Callum Innes, Victoria Crowe, Alan Davie, Eduardo Paolozzi, and many more.

“Every two years we work with a well established artist to create a Prestigious Print, which we sell to raise much needed funds so we can continue our unique services. This year we have been very fortunate to acquire the services of the Edinburgh artist, John C Brown. John has produced a lovely print entitled Flowers for Frida. ”

Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, Flowers For Frida exemplifies Brown’s distinctive, colourful and expressive style. Warm hues of red, orange and yellow, reflective of the Mexican landscape and culture intermingle and balance with darker colours, while a sketch of Frida Kahlo sits to the right of a vase overflowing with tulips.

This exquisite artwork, printed by hand at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop from 15 screens, is available in a signed and limited edition of 75.

John C Brown, RSW

John Brown trained at Glasgow School of Art in drawing and painting. He won a major travel scholarship from RSW and GSA resulting in a one man show in the museum of GSA.  Subsequently, Brown taught for twenty five years while continuing to paint for shows throughout the United Kingdom.

Following the tradition of many Scottish painters, Brown enjoys travelling to countries where the sun accentuates colour. The subject matter is informed with collecting information by way of drawing and sketchbook work and the painting is then begun, and completed, in his studio.

Those purchasing the print will acquire a picture by an artist of the highest quality whose work is in many public and private collections throughout the world. A launch event showcasing the print and featuring a talk by John Brown will be held at Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, 7pm, 24 June 2010. Tickets, priced £9, are available from Art in Healthcare

The print may be purchased for £295 and there are framing and delivery options available. Further details may be obtained from Art in Healthcare,

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

One thought on “Art in Healthcare”

  1. Dear Suse,

    Thank you very much for including the article about the John Brown Prestigious Print in Lothian Life. The evening talk and painting demonstration was a great success with almost 40 people attending, all having a wonderful time, and 5 prints selling immediately! Its a beautiful print and it looks even more amazing framed and in situ.

    Kind regards,

    Trevor Jones

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