New art exhibition brings iconic patterns and textiles to hospital


Margaret Stewart cushion design on show.

By Democrat reporter

A new art exhibition is coming to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which celebrates pattern design and textiles, and the links between art and well-being.

Opening on Thursday 20th of February in the main atrium, ‘Energy is: pattern!’ gives patients and visitors at the QEUH the opportunity to appreciate works from mid-20th century and contemporary artists from Glasgow, alongside pattern designs from around the world.

Curated by Francesca Zappia, the exhibition features works from collections at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) including from designers Sylvia Chalmers, Dorothy Smith, Margaret Stewart and Robert Stewart and artist and GSA teacher, Susanne Nørregård Nielsen. Additional work published by one of the Victorian era’s most influential taste-makers – Owen Jones – in his ‘Grammar of Ornament’, will also be on show.

The Energy is: pattern!  exhibition at the QEUH forms part of a wider partnership between GSA and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Animating Public Spaces Programme which seeks to use art to create welcoming, creative spaces, and improve health and well-being among patients, staff and visitors.

Patterns in particular are believed to have a positive effect on mood, provoking cheerful and happy thoughts which can have an energising effect on those viewing them. 

In addition to a reception being held from 4pm to 6pm on the 20th of February, prior to, a special talk will be given to staff and patients by the curator who will discuss the exhibition and the impact arts can have on health, and its role within overall wellbeing.

The exhibition will be open to the public until the end of May 2020.

Jackie Sands, Health Improvement Senior for Arts and Health, who helped bring the exhibition to the QUEH, said:

“The positive impact art can have on our health has long been known – whether through taking part in the creation of, or simply appreciating works. Our latest exhibition looks to highlight the particular role patterns can play. We’re proud to be able to showcase such a fantastic array of work from some of the most influential artists from Glasgow’s School of Art and further afield and we hope lots of visitors and patients get opportunity to enjoy the exhibition.

“Energy is: pattern! is just one of a number of exhibitions and events we have planned for the coming year through our Arts and Health strategy which is inspired by the creative talent in Scotland and developed in collaboration with our arts, education and voluntary sector partners with support from NHSGGC’s endowments fund.”

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