We are excited to be working with our friends at Jesmond Expo again this year on their biennial art exhibition, where some of our patients’ artwork will be shown.
The exhibition takes place on Saturday 6th from 10am – 7pm and Sunday 7th October from 10:30am to 4:30pm, at St George’s Church Hall, Jesmond. Over 200 pictures and handicraft works, including work by our patients from the Focus On Living Centre, will be displayed and available to buy across the weekend. Visitors can also enjoy live music and light meals and refreshments will also be available.
At St Oswald’s we offer our patients the chance to take part in therapeutic and mindfulness activities including arts and crafts and creative. Some of the work created at the Focus on Living Centre has been donated by patients in memory of loved ones and to help raise funds for the hospice.
A special event will be taking place during the exhibition, ‘Framed Memories’, a talk by local textile artist Jessica Kinnersley. Jessica’s current work features snippets from old books, coming from her current fascination with beautiful old books, text and childhood tales. Her talk will take place at 2pm on Saturday 6th October, with tickets costing £15 to attend. Please contact Pam Portsmouth on 0191 284 7307 for more information.
Andrea Cheek, Organiser of the Expo, said:
We started this event when a group of my friends at St George’s Church wanted to help raise funds to build St Oswald’s Hospice. Dorothy Jameson was a friend of mine and she decided to create an art exhibition, as art was a passion of hers. The first event was so well received that since then we have had an event every two years. It’s great to see how the event has helped to raise money for the hospice for all these years and I’m certain this year will be another successful event.
Katy Taberham, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:
The Jesmond Expo is a great way for local artists to showcase their work and we’re very happy to be working together on this unique event in the community. Jessica Kinnersley is a fascinating artist whose designs are sold on an international scale, so we are excited to listen to her talking about her inspirations.
This is also an exciting chance for us to exhibit the excellent work our patients have made at our Focus on Living Centre. The centre helps patients with life limiting conditions to relax and do something creative, and many of our patients have kindly donated their work for us to raise funds. St Oswald’s Hospice has to raise £7.5 million each year through charitable giving and events like this are a great way to ensure we continue to provide a high level of care.
The exhibition is being held on Saturday 6th October from 10am – 7pm and Sunday 7th October from 10:30am – 4:30pm, at St George’s Church Hall, Osborne Road, Jesmond.