SHEFFIELD ARTIST GIVES BACK TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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A local artist is displaying his latest exhibition at The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield to help create a vibrant and positive atmosphere for visiting patients and their families.

Jonathan Wilkinson, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2001, has brought some of his most iconic artworks for his latest exhibition, NORTH, which depicts a mixture of nostalgic landscapes and landmarks that are much loved and recognised by northern folk.

The exhibition, which has been organised in collaboration with Artfelt, the Charity’s art programme which is designed to make hospital feel better, is on display in The Long Gallery until October 5.

Father-of-one Jonathan, said: “As a dad to a toddler, I have paid a few visits to The Children’s Hospital. I am really proud to exhibit my work here – it’s a great place to show art, as it gives lots of different families the opportunity to access art they might not usually see.

“My work is well-suited to being exhibited in The Children’s Hospital, as I explore everyday scenes with a child-like sense of wonder. I hope that my graphical approach and a bold use of colour raises a smile among the hospital’s young patients, their families and staff.”

Framed prints are available for purchase, along with a number of signed prints. All profits will go towards the Artfelt project.

Cat Powell, Artfelt Manager said: “We are delighted to hold yet another high quality exhibition in The Long Gallery. The response to Jonathan’s work has been overwhelmingly positive and just goes to show what a difference art can make, whatever the setting.”

The Charity’s arts programme believes that our surroundings have a powerful effect on how we feel, and that’s especially important in hospital, where the environment can influence wellbeing and comfort for our patients, visitors and staff. Exhibitions like Jonathan’s are a great way to transform an everyday space and allow opportunity for distraction and reflection during what can often be a difficult time for our patients and their families.

For further information on the exhibition, please visit: www.tchc.org.uk/current-exhibition to find out more and purchase artwork.

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