To mark the Launch of Operation Geranium on the Isle Of Wight, a project to deliver pots of Geranium Plants to Island Residents shielding at home, one public exhibition gallery re opened with a brand new collection of Artworks some reflecting the experience of creating new Art in isolation.
The original idea of showing support to the most vulnerable and isolated elderly residents in our community through the simple act of gifting a plant, was begun by local IWNHS Healthcare Maintenance worker Steve Double.
The new Art Gallery Exhibition has been curated by Steve Double, at St Mary’s Hospital, in the Full Circle Gallery Art Space, along the corridor adjacent to the Staff Canteen and Restaurant.
The Exhibition includes works by Sandown based Street Artist Tony Trowbridge, who was commissioned to renew Artworks at Sandown Zoo. Tony obtained notoriety with his decoration of The Gothic Nightingale Hotel in Shanklin. Also on view are works by Paul Stone AKA MY DOG SIGHS, Paul famously projected a giant art image onto The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. The exhibition also features Rhys Ifans, a Swansea based artist, who depicts characters existing in an urban post apocalyptical landscape.
This is the 4th Hospital Art Exhibition put together by Steve, Previous exhibitions have featured works from Roy Lichtenstein to Captain Sensible. That alone demonstrate how art can be effective in creating ambient and positive vibes in public spaces.
Steve has been engaged previously in the commissioning of local Art by Stephen Butterfield to support the PALS Team in their office, to support them in their work liaising with patients.