New artwork donations in the frame at NHS Lothian Hospitals

December 14, 2016

A series of nine contemporary artworks recently gifted to the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation Art Collection are currently on display at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Pelican Gallery. A slideshow of the pieces and along with descriptions of the artists and pieces themselves is provided below.

The artworks were gifted by the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) as part of the Arnott Hamilton Fund. Rev Dr James Arnott Hamilton made a financial gift in 1959, with a desire that it be invested into a fund for the annual donation of an artwork to “a body which would appreciate it and display it where it could be seen by as many people as possible – e.g. hospitals, old peoples’ homes, art galleries, banks, etc.”

The artworks, by RSA Academicians or Associate members, are purchased from the RSA Annual Exhibition. One of the first awards from the fund, oil painting ‘On The Tweed’ by Sir William MacTaggart, was made to Lothian Health Board in 1962 and also currently hangs in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The artworks will be shown at other NHS Lothian hospitals next year before finding more permanent homes across our sites.

ELHF holds the second largest NHS art collection in Scotland, providing distraction and enjoyment for thousands of patients every year across NHS Lothian hospital and community sites. The collection comprises over 2,500 original artworks located across 30 sites and forms part of the diverse ELHF Arts & Health programme, enhancing the patient experience and healthcare environment.

Royal Scottish Academy (RSA)

The RSA runs a year-round programme of exhibitions, artist opportunities and related educational talks and events which support artists at all stages of their careers. Led by eminent artists and architects, the RSA embodies a wealth of professional experience in Fine Art and Architecture with many of its Members taking a leading role in higher education and in many of Scotland’s leading cultural institutions.

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