Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

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A Sense of Science - Art from the Medical Lab

Artist Sally Haynes has produced imaginative artworks for three hospital departments as part of a unique project exploring the creative territory shared by art and science. Her exhibition - A Sense of Science - Art from the Medical Lab - will be exhibited from November 2002 to March 2003.

Sally was commissioned to explore the working territory of three medical science teams by gaining unprecedented access to view the behind-the-scenes work of staff in Radiology at Southampton General Hospital, Wessex Genetics Laboratory at Salisbury District Hospital and Pathology at St. Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight. This enabled her to explore on a day to day basis, the images generated by the departments - from genetic codes to x-rays - and translate these into original works of art that show something of both the challenges and beauty of the world of contemporary medicine.

Sally says about her experience: "It's been probably the most interesting and yet demanding nine months of my life. There is always art in science and science in art, it just depends on how you look at it."

The host departments also found that having an artist on site gave them the chance to view their work in a different way and to realise that the worlds of the arts and sciences have much in common.

A Sense of Science - Art from the Medical Lab will feature seven large artworks completed by Sally during her residency between January and October 2002 and will be exhibited at three hospitals.

Her exhibition can be viewed on:
  - Tuesday 26th November to 31st December 2002 - Salisbury District Hospital.
  - Monday 6th to Friday 31st January 2003 - Southampton General Hospital.
  - Wednesday 5th February to Friday 7th March 2003 - St. Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight.

The project was established under Year of the Artist, a national Arts Council of England project to celebrate living artists and to promote greater awareness of the role and status of the artist in society.

Funded by Southern Arts -Year of the Artist, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Healing Arts, ArtCare, Partnerships for Arts in Healthcare, three NHS Trusts and their participating departments.

More information & photos:
      Richard Wiczkowski
      Partnerships for Arts in Healthcare
      Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
      Tel: 023 8079 6594
      Email: Richard.wiczkowski@suht.swest.nhs.uk

24th October 2002

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