Big Draw Artworks go on Display in Surrey Hospital

Following the success of a two year fundraising campaign, two large drawings by illustrators Posy Simmonds and Michael Foreman have recently been loaned to a hospital in Surrey by the charity Paintings in Hospitals.

Paintings in Hospitals made them accessible to healthcare sites through their ‘Children and Young People Loan Scheme’. This scheme was developed for healthcare facilities treating people under the age of 18, in order to give children and teenagers access to reassuring and engaging artworks, enabling them to cope with the uncertainty and isolation of being in hospital.

Paintings in Hospitals was gifted the drawings by The Campaign for Drawing, a charity dedicated to promoting drawing as a medium and encouraging as many people as possible to take part in it. The two works, both measuring 2 meters high and 3 meters long, were created during live-drawing events organised by the Campaign for Drawing.

Paintings in Hospitals has been fundraising since 2010 to have the drawings framed to conservation standards, so that they could be displayed in a healthcare setting whilst being protected for future generations. The charity eventually raised enough money to complete the project, with the generous support of John Jones framers. Further funding was also contributed by the hospital from non-clinical budgets.

Paintings in Hospitals has another six works from The Campaign for Drawing awaiting framing and the fundraising campaign continues. w: www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk