Colour in Motion: An Exhibition Presented by Jerwood Collection and Paintings in Hospitals

Marking the start of a new partnership, Jerwood Collection and the national charity Paintings in Hospitals present Colour in Motion, a loan exhibition featuring prints and paintings by British artist, Ian Davenport (b. 1966) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge from 26th August 2020.  Supported by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, this exhibition has been specifically designed to enhance the care environment and improve patient and staff wellbeing.


Jerwood Collection is loaning four colour etchings by Davenport who is an artist patron of Paintings in Hospitals.  Davenport was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1991 and is internationally renowned for his abstract works that explore colour, process and materiality.  Each etching in this series is an orchestration of 27 different combinations of fluid lines of colour which pool to form puddles at the bottom of the compositions and are printed onto a delicate layer of coloured chinese paper.  


Speaking about the partnership and loan, Lara Wardle, Director Jerwood Collection, said: “It has never felt more important to think about hospitals and care settings, and therefore it is a timely moment to be partnering with Paintings in Hospitals and enabling this exhibition at Addenbrooke’s. I am a great admirer of Ian Davenport’s brightly coloured and uplifting works which will enrich the hospital environment for patients and staff”.


Sandra Bruce-Gordon, Director, Paintings in Hospitals, said: “Visual art is proven to reduce anxiety and stress for both patients and care staff. At such a challenging time for our frontline carers, we are thrilled to be able to support them by developing this exhibition in partnership with the Jerwood Collection. Colour in Motion will bring the inspiring work of our artist patron Ian Davenport to support the health and wellbeing of everyone at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.”


Natalie Ellis, Head of Arts at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Here at Cambridge University Hospitals, we see every day what a profound difference visual art can make to the hospital experience. Integrating art transforms clinical spaces into warm and inviting ones. We are so excited to collaborate with Paintings in Hospitals and Jerwood Collection to bring Ian Davenport's work to CUH for the first time. We have chosen our two rehabilitation gyms to exhibit the work - the energy and vibrancy of Ian's works complement the spaces perfectly, and our physiotherapy teams can't wait to experience the benefits they will bring.”


 “As an artist interested in colour, my time in hospital was empty and bleak. Working with Paintings in Hospitals means I can do something to change that.” - Ian Davenport

Colourplan Series Installation, Cristea Roberts Gallery, 2011.  Image courtesy of Cristea Roberts Gallery.
July 31, 2020
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