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Showcase for artists’ work helps enhance the hospital experience

Musgrove Park Hospital's Art for Life team has created a new space for displaying artists’ work: 'The Wall' is a 24m long space within the main access route, linking Queen's Building to the new Jubilee Building.

The first artwork to be shown in the new light and airy space is a collection of digital prints by Esther Rolinson. The work, entitled 'Underwing', comprises 14 digital prints, derived from digitally manipulated drawings which appear to float and hover in space. The drawings are a combination of delicate and painstakingly drawn observations of plants, tree-roots and other organic matter and also more spontaneous abstract drawings.

Art for Life's Curator Sara Dudman said: “We are delighted to open up a brand new temporary exhibition space within the Hospital to showcase artists' work. We know what a difference our exhibitions make to staff, patients and visitors to the hospital by uplifting the environment and experience of being here. The current and future displays at The Wall will complement our existing established exhibitions programme in the nearby Musgrove Gallery.”

Art for Life has been delivering the arts programme at Musgrove Park Hospital – part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - since 1993, working with artists, staff and people who use the hospital to enhance the experience of those spending time in hospital, using the arts to create high quality, distinctive, welcoming, appropriate and sensitively considered environments that support and inspire patients, carers, visitors and staff alike.

Art for Life is part of a growing international movement, supported at national level by the NHS, which recognises the role of the arts in reducing anxiety and increasing rates of recovery and staff retention.