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Right Arrow Hospital oil paintings feature in national collection
12 October 2011 at 14:23
Four paintings from Southport and Formby District General Hospital are featured in a new national online collection of 200,000 works of art.

The Your Paintings project is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and the participating collections from across the UK.

Paintings in oil owned by the state and local authorities together with those held in charitable trusts for the benefit of the public make up the collection.

Local authority and national museum collections are the majority of the institutions represented. But paintings held by hospitals, universities, town halls, local libraries and even a lighthouse are also on the site.

The four paintings from Southport were bought with the proceeds from art sales held at the hospital during the 1990s.

Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said: “At the time we had relationships with a number of artists who shared the proceeds of sales of their work to staff with the hospital.

“It was the money from those sales that allowed us to purchase the paintings. There are numerous works in other media around the Trust not featured in Your Paintings that were acquired in this way.”

The four paintings featured are by two artists, the Scottish Liverpool-based artist Laird Galbraith and Huddersfield-based Rosie Lonnon.

Galbraith’s works, two oils entitled Hot Tie and Chinese Whispers, are hung in the Boardroom at Southport hospital. They were painted between 1993 and 1994.

Lonnon’s 1998 works in oil and collage on paper, Elements – Southport Hospital and Arcade, can be seen in the reception of the rehabilitation unit.

“Original artworks in hospitals are known to help improve the well-being not only of patients and visitors but staff too,” said Jonathan.

“While we have not added to our collection for many years now, it is nice to know that some of the works acquired nearly 20 years ago are now part of a national collection.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

2. Picture shows Chief Executive Jonathan Parry with “Hot Tie” by Laird Galbraith.

3. Your Paintings focuses on oil painting for two reasons. First, because oil was the preferred medium of most well-known artists for hundreds of years. Secondly, while the number of watercolours and drawings in the national collection is in the millions, the size of the oil painting collection is a practical proposition to digitise in its entirety. As well as oils, Your Painting has also included works painted in tempera and acrylic. Tempera is an egg-based pigment that predates oil paints, so many of these paintings are the oldest in the collection. Acrylic is a more modern synthetic paint. Mixed media paintings which includes oil or acrylic have also been included.

4. For more information on the Your Paintings project, log on to