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Sir Quentin Blake unveils hospital artwork

19 Feb 2014

Sir Quentin Blake

Striking images of St Bernard’s Hospital by renowned artists Sir Quentin Blake and Cressida Bell have been unveiled at a mental health unit on the Ealing site.

Sir Quentin Blake, famous as the illustrator of Roald Dahl and many other celebrated authors, unveiled his illustrations in the Wolsey Wing, which provides mental health services for local people in west London.

Sir Quentin’s drawings depict the therapeutic activities undertaken in the unit and on the St Bernard’s site.  This wall of drawings is the latest in a series of projects for hospitals here and abroad in recent years.

Cressida Bell, daughter of artist Quentin Bell, grand-daughter of Vanessa Bell and great-niece of writer Virginia Woolf, is a Hackney based artist, who also created artwork for the unit.

She focused on creating eye catching panoramic views of rural scenes as well as a bouquet of flowers.  The murals are now on display in communal areas and on the wards within the unit.

Steve Shrubb, chief executive of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “I am very grateful to Sir Quentin and Cressida for the colourful work that they have produced for us.  Art at the hospital can make a real difference to the lives of our patients and can strongly influence how they feel about themselves and towards other people.  These drawings are a great addition to our unit and really do brighten up our patient areas.”

Sir Quentin said: “Art work provides significant therapeutic value for people with mental health problems.  It is something that is very close to my heart and I was delighted to have had an opportunity to work with the trust to create these drawings.”

Cressida said: “I hope patients and staff enjoy the work as much as I have enjoyed creating them.  Both Quentin’s and my drawings are very different in style and I’m really pleased that they will be used in such prominent areas of the hospital.”

For more information, contact Simon Morgan, external communications manager: 020 8354 8325 / simon.morgan@wlmht.nhs.uk

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