Tuesday 02 August 2016

All the Wonderful Things Exhibition Overview

A summary of the successes from Art in Healthcare's June 2016 exhibition at Gayfield Creative Spaces supported by leading Scottish law firm BTO Solicitors LLP.

Art in Healthcare’s fundraising exhibition opened on Friday 24 June with a Private View to which artists, healthcare partners, clients of BTO Solicitors LLP and Friends of Art in Healthcare were invited. The evening had an atmosphere of warmth, excitement and celebration with many people taking the opportunity to purchase works of art, meet the artists participating in the exhibition and make donations to support this fundraising event. Art in Healthcare staff, volunteers, members of the Art in Healthcare Board and many Partners from BTO Solicitors LLP were very active in making the evening a great success. Guests welcomed a brief interruption to the celebratory atmosphere to hear about the charitable work of Art in Healthcare and learn more about why BTO Solicitors were delighted to have the opportunity to support and promote this important charitable work.

Around 170 people attended the Private View and a further 130 people visited the exhibition over the subsequent days. Feedback from visitors was very positive and many people made small donations, bought the exhibition catalogue and Art in Healthcare greetings cards as well as purchasing works of art. Around 50 works of art were on sale and more than 20 were sold. Sales at the exhibition raised over £6,000 for Art in Healthcare which will support the charity to develop a range of activity making use of the visual arts to improve health. This includes displaying works of art from the Art in Healthcare collection in hospitals and other healthcare settings and engaging people in art activity at art workshops developed in partnership with the community health sector and the NHS.

Thanks are due to many other partners whose contribution helped to make the event a success including Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh Printmakers, Cater Edinburgh and harpist Shonagh Ure. The sponsorship agreement between Art in Healthcare and BTO Solicitors attracted a New Arts Sponsorship Grant from Arts & Business Scotland which is supported by Scottish Government in conjunction with Creative Scotland.

Art in Healthcare and BTO Solicitors LLP will continue to work together at the forthcoming Edinburgh Art Fair, 18-20 November 2016. As well as supporting ‘All the Wonderful Things’, BTO also sponsored the creation of a new work of art by the successful artist Ann Oram which was launched at the exhibition and copies of this limited edition print will be available for sale at the Art Fair and on the Art in Healthcare website: www.artinhealthcare.org.uk

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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.

With your help we're able to:

Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers

Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:

Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
A certificate of adoption with a picture of the artwork
Invites to Art in Healthcare's special events
First to view our latest Prestigious Print
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"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice

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