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Folk Hospital Spring Programme seeks to bring people into hospital
13 February 2018

A programme of activities at the Full Circle Restaurant at St. Mary’s Hospital seeks to bring Island residents into the hospital for something other than healthcare!

Folk Hospital is the idea of Isle of Wight NHS Trust maintenance assistant Steve Double who is also well known around the Island for his support for the Isle of Wight Venue Campaign and music performance.   Steve is promoting a series of events in the Full Circle Restaurant as art of the ‘Folk Hospital’ concept as follows:

January 19th to March 30th

‘Make Art Not War’ is a collection of work reflecting the rise of pop culture, fantasy art and illustration by Island artists

Friday February 16th at 12:30

‘2nd Time Around’ is a selection of enchanting acoustic folk songs by local Island troubadours of the folk music scene.

March 30th to May 30th

A second art collection that brings the vibrant inspiring life works of talented Island painter J.R. Grimshaw into focus.

Friday March 30th at 12:30

Angela Grimshaw and guests bring contemporary country blues from the harmonious vocals of a cherished Island songsmith.

Friday April 30th at 12:30

Acoustic rock from Scotland’s Justin McConville, lead singer and guitarist for London based band ‘Heavy Metal Kids’, currently on tour with ‘Uncle Rust’.

Steve Double said: “I hope that Islanders, staff at St. Mary’s and visitors enjoy both the artwork and the music. 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the NHS and it’s great that so many people are willing to give their time and energy to put something back into the NHS.”

Guy Eades, healing arts director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “We’re looking for more artists and musicians to help us during this special year for the NHS.   Anyone wanting to perform in the Full Circle Restaurant or exhibit in the Full Circle Gallery is welcome to contact me.”   The contact details for Healing Arts are e-mail healingarts@iow.nhs.uk or telephone 01983-534438.

Further information or offers of support for celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the NHS on the Island can be e-mailed to nhs70@iow.nhs.uk or telephone 01983-822099 ext 6175.

A poster setting out the information above can be downloaded below.

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