Date of release: Friday 2nd October, 2015
Patients attending the new £38 million Emergency Department at New Cross Hospital will be treated to some amazing artwork thanks to the talented photographers who entered a competition.
Called Inspired By Nature, it produced four winners and five runners up all of whom are having their pictures of landscapes and flowers displayed around the state-of-the-art centre which opens in November.
The winners have been named as Jacquie Wilkes, Lindsey Bucknor, Alain Rolli and Kate Webb. Runners up are Sandy Prince, Mark Lewis, Mike Preston, Diane Taylor and Helen Lloyd. They were among 68 entrants who submitted more than 300 images.
Photographer Jacquie Wilkes from Cornwall who will have five photographs on display said: “I was amazed to receive confirmation of my win and delighted that my images will be on display in the new department.
Born and bred in the Black Country, photographer Lindsey Bucknor OBE said: “I was confident in my images hitting the brief but when the number of entries and the significant scrutiny of the judging panel was explained, it made me even prouder of my achievement.”
Kate Willmer works as a Consultant Acute Physician for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust but uses the pseudonym Webb as a photographer. She said: “I feel very privileged that my work will be on display in the new department to help enhance the healing environment.
“It is an honour to know that something I enjoy doing in my free time can be shared and put to such a good purpose.”
The fourth winner Alain Rolli, the Trust's Head Biomedical Scientist, said: “I'm really pleased that my pictures are considered good enough to be on public display and hope patients, staff and visitors will enjoy seeing them.”
Trust Arts Manager Natalie Lewis said: “We had a fantastic response so thanks to everyone who entered. It was really difficult picking out the winners but we're sure we've chosen some beautiful, calming images that can only benefit everyone who comes into the new department.
“Research has shown that pictures of nature in hospitals have been found to promote a good patient experience by providing a calming and healing environment.”
More than 30 images have been printed on panels for display in reception, waiting and treatment areas as well as the relatives rooms, corridors and lift lobbies. The competition was in association with arts promotion agency Axisweb and sponsored by people development group Pertemps.