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6th January, 2015

PDA member dedicates bespoke artwork to hospice

Two local artists have dedicated new artwork to north Derbyshire hospice where their friend was cared for.

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Well known local artists, Adrienne (PDA member) and Langley Brown, were asked to create a piece of artwork by their friend whose wife was cared for at Ashgate Hospicecare.

Francis Creed’s wife, Alison, spent time at the hospice before passing away in 2013 after suffering with cancer. Francis recalls how Alison remarked about the need for more artwork in the hospice: a wish that was fulfilled by their friends of 30 years.

The art produced, named ‘Celebrations’, is a mixed media piece incorporating objects, photographs, notes and stories provided by hospice patients, families, staff and volunteers, based around themes inspired by the life and work of Alison, including sense of place, communication and celebration.

The work was officially presented to the hospice on Friday 19th December by award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and exhibition curator, Richard Cork. Richard, who has been an art critic for publications such as The Times and the New Statesman, is also the author of The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals, as well as advisor to the Maggie’s Centres for cancer care, making him a poignant figure to present the piece.

Richard said, “The artwork is magical. I came in here having seen photos of it, but knowing the moving background, but seeing the real thing on the wall remains a magical experience.”
He continued, “This is art at its best. There is a lot of sadness in the story behind it – the loss of dear Alison Creed – but I think we can say that the best way to mark a sad and tragic loss is to find something celebratory, and that’s what is happening here.”

He concluded, “The artists have given their best in a place where the best is clearly very important indeed.”

Lucy Nickson, Chief Executive of Ashgate Hospicecare, officially received the artwork on Friday. Lucy said, “Ashgate Hospicecare are delighted to receive this wonderful piece of artwork which sits magnificently in the hospice’s reception area. We are truly touched by the sentiment of the work, and regard the themes of sense of place, communication and celebration particularly poignant for a piece which greets all visitors, patients and staff as they enter the hospice. We believe that it is a legacy which will continue to provide intrigue and enjoyment for years to come.”

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