Charity art collection wins print fair prize

22 May 2018

Charity art collection wins print fair prize
Imperial Health Charity has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award.

The charity was presented with £8,000 to acquire new works at the London Original Print Fair, allowing it to further expand its collection.

Fair director Helen Rosslyn said: “This award was set up to celebrate and support the diverse ways in which prints are collected and enjoyed around the country. Imperial Health Charity demonstrated an intelligent and sensitive approach to collecting, specific to the spaces in which the works are housed.”

The charity’s arts team used the prize to acquire prints by Peter Blake, Rose Blake, Rachel Gracey and Adrian Wiszniewski, which will be installed to transform the hospital environment at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Delphine Allier, Art Curator at the charity, said “We believe we have selected a group of works that will greatly enhance our collection and I am very much looking forward to continuing the conversations I am having with hospital staff who are waiting to receive new art for their wards. These prints will be truly appreciated by the staff and patients and really will make a difference to patient care in our hospitals.”

The charity is a keen advocate of art in hospitals and manages a collection of over 2,000 art works at the five Trust hospitals.

A 2014 survey carried out by the charity revealed that 69% of patients credited the art collection with making them feel more relaxed in the hospital environment, something that the arts programme is constantly building on.

To find out more about the charity’s arts programme, click here.