Drawing of piano keyboard with colourful watercolour

Burnout and moving forward

Julia Bognar , Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Priory Medical Group, York  I have been thinking about how powerful music has been for me and helped me get over a difficult season of my professional life. I am lucky to be able to celebrate several things that I have gained this year and certainly playing music has beenContinue reading “Burnout and moving forward”

Photo of music students Jake Hawes and Alexander Inkster, from the University of York St John
Jake Hawes and Alexander Inkster, music students at the University of York St John

Winter Music Programme

The Arts Team are delighted to welcome musicians back to play in the communal areas of York Hospital. The musicians in our winter programme are all volunteers, playing for the benefit of staff, visitors and patients. We hope you enjoy the music. Winter Music Programme: Wednesday 7 December – Jake & Alexander, University of YorkContinue reading “Winter Music Programme”

Our Christmas Playlist

Thank you for your suggestions for our Christmas playlist. I hope there’s something here for everyone! Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow – Dean Martin Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea White Christmas – Bing Crosby Hark! the herald-angels sing – carols from King’s 2021 O Come, O Come Emmanuel –Continue reading “Our Christmas Playlist”

Photo of fresh Christmas wreath
RHS Christmas wreath

December Festive Creative Challenge

Christmas Wreath There are many Christmas wreath making workshops available to attend but we thought it would make a great challenge to create our own at home. Below is a video on how to make a Christmas wreath, by the Royal Horticultural Society, and a link to their website. Good luck and please sendContinue reading “December Festive Creative Challenge”

Hidden Talent – Darren Ford

Darren Ford works as a CT Superintendent at Scarborough hospital. In his spare time he turns his hand to woodwork and has produced these beautifully turned and carved pieces. Darren encourages anyone interested in taking up wood turning as a hobby to check out the Ryedale Woodturners link below.

A Cultural What’s On

There’s so much on at the moment , it’s difficult to keep up! Here are a few highlights for your diaries from across the region. Scarborough If you’re out and about looking for something to do in Scarborough, the Arts Team highly recommends the new exhibition, Prized, at The Old Parcel Office (do check thisContinue reading “A Cultural What’s On”

Playing Piano in the deep woods

Talking more about burnout

A personal view by Julia Bognar, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Priory Medical Group Talking about burnout is scary, but it is important. As for someone, who has walked through it all, it is important to share my story because sharing somehow makes the entire processing part easier. However, it is so much harder to talk whenContinue reading “Talking more about burnout”

Explore the Fantastical Cardboard World of Grue!

Grue is a fantastical world created from positive energy and discarded paper, a wandering cardboard labyrinth of rooms to explore and wonders to discover.  Open weekends and school holidays between 3rd and 23rd December, 10:30 –am – 4:10pm. At the Old Parcels Office, Scarborough.  Pay what you can.  See below for an opportunity to helpContinue reading “Explore the Fantastical Cardboard World of Grue!”

Book Cover of Rachel Wade's Crow's Haunt. Crow flies across historic room.

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group October

Last week the Virtual Book Group met to discuss Crow’s Haunt by Rachel Wade. It was the Virtual Book Group’s first author visit and it was such a wonderful evening that really flew by! Rachel told us about her inspirations for the novel, including her great-uncle’s stories about Mrs Thornton, the real-life woman that inspired theContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group October”

Poster for Them There Then That featuring Tabitha Grove
Explore Libraries and Archives

Them There Then That

Some staff may recognise Tabitha Grove from her time as an artist working with patients in the renal unit at York. Tabitha is now performing in a solo show across Explore libraries in York during October (and touring nationally in 2023) and you’re invited to join her. It isn’t just books that hold our stories.Continue reading “Them There Then That”

Tribute to the Rainbow

by John Shepherd The COVID 19 pandemic resulted in lockdown and as the pandemic progressed support for the NHS manifested itself with a proliferation of images using the rainbow as a symbol. Using this idea as inspiration John took a series of botanical styled photographic images using the theme of colours of the rainbow. RestrictionsContinue reading “Tribute to the Rainbow”

Atmospheric landscape painting
Karen Gover

Culture Club Gallery

The online gallery has been a little neglected of late and could do with a spruce up. The virtual gallery walls are looking a little sparce so if you have some work you’d be happy to submit please email it to With thanks to Karen Gover, Operating Department Orderly, for submitting her wonderfully atmosphericContinue reading “Culture Club Gallery”

Image of album covers
Playlist for Life

Playlist for Life

Playlist for life is an amazing resource, designed especially for people with dementia and their families and carers. Thank you to colleagues Sonia English and Patrick White for bringing this to our attention. Over two decades of scientific research has shown that listening to a personalised playlist can improve the lives of those living withContinue reading “Playlist for Life”

Photograph of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing at Grand Opera House York

Theatre – Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month with a look at What’s On at our local theatres Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Macbeth York Theatre Royal Ballet Black Grand Opera House York Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Models created by Norma and Michael Woodford

October’s Creative Challenge

Creating a scene! Norma and Michael Woodford began their woodland crafts in the first lockdown, taking their daily exercise by means of walks through local woodland. Norma began collecting interesting pieces of wood on her walks and then started building small scenes to pass the time. Michael was soon drawn in and a healthy bitContinue reading “October’s Creative Challenge”

Photograph of Diana Ionita with Happy Boy artwork by Ellie Chapman

Happy Boy

Diana Ionita visited the Arts Team’s stall at the staff benefits fair and won a piece of Ellie Chapman’s artwork, ‘Happy Boy’ (exhibited at York Hospital early this year). We’re really grateful to Diana for getting in touch to tell us what the artwork means to her. “I am currently a bank HCA for theContinue reading “Happy Boy”

Summer Playlist 2022

We had a great response to the Summer Playlist 2022 call out and I can safely say I’ve never heard such an eclectic mix of Summer tracks! Thank you for the stories as well as the music. Although this may not be a playlist in its purist form, it gives a little insight into theContinue reading “Summer Playlist 2022”

Photo montage of photographs from Stepping Out exhibtion
Stepping Out Exhibition

Stepping Out and more

In May this year the Arts Team sought the shoes of our staff for an exhibition, titled Stepping Out. The Arts Team were delighted by the response from staff and amazed at the variety of shoes proffered. The first photographs are now installed on the main corridor at York Hospital, between junctions 5 & 6.Continue reading “Stepping Out and more”

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September Creative Challenge

Poetry for the Autumnal Equinox The autumnal equinox falls on Thursday 22 September, when our daylight and night-time share an equal amount of time. It’s a time for reflection, saying goodbye to the summer months and welcoming the new colours of autumn. For this month’s creative challenge collect some words that conjure up what theContinue reading “September Creative Challenge”

Positive Origami booklet
Positive Origami

Positive Origami

The Arts Team are delighted to have taken delivery of two boxes of Positive Origami booklets to share amongst staff and patients. Created by science-based artist Dr Lizzie Burns to lift the mood and bring smiles, origami encourages you to take time for self-care, bringing calm and focusing the mind to support resilience. The bookletContinue reading “Positive Origami”

Photograph of York River Art Market
York River Art Market, Image credit: York Mix

What’s On – open air

York River Art Market takes place along Dame Judi Dench Walk on 13th & 14th August. It’s a beautiful setting and you can see some wonderful art. Lewis Capaldi, no less, is appearing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Thursday 11th August. George Ezra is coming in September too! Experience outdoor cinema in the fabulousContinue reading “What’s On – open air”

Koop - Summer Sun
Koop – Summer Sun (from official video)

Creative Challenge – August

Summer Playlist One of my favourite summer tracks to keep feet tapping and spirits lifted is Summer Sun by Koop It helps me feel relaxed and invigorated at the same time! The Arts Team want to share your favourite summer tracks. Whether you’re longing to get away, relishing these long summer days or suffering fromContinue reading “Creative Challenge – August”

Introducing The Duke

The name was pulled out of the hat for our ‘name the penguin’ competition at the York staff benefits fair. The winner was Katrina Mansfield and we are delighted with the new name! Katrina not only works at York hospital but is also a talented artist and has featured as one of our Hidden TalentsContinue reading “Introducing The Duke”

Photograph of two origami boats

Origami Summer

FREE workshop for all ages Anyone visiting our stall at the York Staff Wellbeing Fair would have seen the beautiful origami butterflies and games we were giving away as prizes. We love origami and see the benefits of creating something beautiful from a simple piece of paper. Anyone wanting to join this free online workshopContinue reading “Origami Summer”

Photo of York hospital

Diabetes and Me

Student Elisabeth Banks is a film student at York College and Type 1 Diabetic. She approached the hospital for support in helping her produce her final college project, a personal documentary, Diabetes and Me. It’s purpose is to inform the public about what Type 1 Diabetes is in detail, as well as sharing her ownContinue reading “Diabetes and Me”

York Wellbeing Choir logo

Wellbeing Choir

Nicola Betts, who used to run the Wellbeing Choir in the chapel at York Hospital, is now running her Wellbeing Choir at Acomb’s Gateway Centre on Friday mornings. She also has a shiny new website if you’d like to take a look. wellbeing-choir

Rock painted in rainbow colours

June’s Creative Challenge

Rainbow Rocks! We’re celebrating Pride across the Trust this month to promote awareness and equality, as well as increasing understanding of the issues faced by those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This month’s creative challenge is to create a rainbow rock and to either give it as a gift or display it in your home orContinue reading “June’s Creative Challenge”

Photo of toiletry bag and essential items
Photo: Ebberston Studios

Charity Sewing Day in Scarborough

This Saturday Ebbertson Studios are making toiletry bags filled with essential items to donate to people who are admitted to Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough. If you know anyone who would like to get involved making the bags they can reserve a place using the link below. Saturday June 11th, 10am – 4pm. EbberstonContinue reading “Charity Sewing Day in Scarborough”

Interactive map
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Map it Well in Scarborough

An opportunity for art, sea air, walking and feeling good! Map It Well is a project created by a creative group, facilitated by artist Luke Beech, Crescent Arts Curator, Martha Cattell, Scarborough Museums Trust Special Projects Curator, Dorcas Taylor and NHS staff. The aim was to work collectively to create a resource rooted in creativity that can aid in improvingContinue reading “Map it Well in Scarborough”


Senior physiotherapist, Emma Lee, has written a personal and poignant story about loneliness. She shares her own story, offers useful support to those of us who may need it and suggests something we can all do to help us understand each other. Feeling lonely isn’t necessary an indicator of mental health problems but the twoContinue reading “Loneliness”

Photograph of ballet shoes
Ballet shoes, Kathryn Aylward, Assistant Librarian, York Hospital

The Arts Team want your shoes!

We, the Arts Team, are showcasing staff shoes in a series of photographs, for our Stepping Out exhibition this summer. The exhibition will be at York hospital and on CultureClub.Social.  We would love to hear from staff who have a special pair of shoes that help them step outside of work into another world.  DoContinue reading “The Arts Team want your shoes!”

Photo of bee in flower
Botanical Gardens in Norfolk Virginia USA

Brittany Davis

Brittany applied to exhibit her photography at York Hospital. The Arts Team found her story compelling and spoke volumes of how well the arts support wellbeing. We invited her to exhibit alongside Charley Perryn to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. All was going well, until we received an email from Britt which read somethingContinue reading “Brittany Davis”

Koala and Whale created from cardboard packaging by Lucy Monkman.
Koala and Whale created from cardboard packaging by Lucy Monkman.

May ‘s Creative Challenge

Recycled Creatures If you have wandered down the main corridor of York Hospital recently you will have noticed local artist, Lucy Monkman’s amazing creations in the 3D exhibition space. The exhibition shows some of the projects that Lucy created from recyclable materials available in the home. The food and drink packaging brought home by herContinue reading “May ‘s Creative Challenge”

The Dinner Guest book cover
Image: goodreads

The Dinner Guest

In aid of World Book Night, visit the Libraries at York or Scarborough between Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd April to collect your free copy of ‘The Dinner Guest’, a murder mystery thriller from BP Walter.

What’s On

Pint of Science festival and a new independent film club! PINT OF SCIENCE Global science festival 9 -11 May 2022 There are three staff members talking from the Trust for the great National ‘Pint of Science’ festival – Jillian Webster, Luke Madge and our very own Griselda Goldsbrough from the Arts Team! A series ofContinue reading “What’s On”

Collage of flower pot
Collage of flower pot

April’s Creative Challenge

Collage Artist Tanya McLelland is currently exhibiting her colourful mixed media and collage artworks, inspired by her neighbour’s garden, in the main corridor at York Hospital. You can find out more soon on our exhibitions page. Meanwhile, in the York renal unit, volunteer Emma Mckenzie has been working with patients to create pots of flowersContinue reading “April’s Creative Challenge”

Abstract painting by Charley Perryn
Jolly Dreams by Charley Perryn

Dare to Dream

Charley Perryn is a poet and mixed media abstract artist. She primarily works with acrylic paint, mixed media and digital art on her smartphone. Poetry is also a starting point or created in response to her artwork. Charley is inspired by the magic her little dog Harry brings to the adventures they share. He hasContinue reading “Dare to Dream”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January Round Up

Last night the Book Group met to discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. We all really enjoyed this book – the characters were written so well that they felt like people you’d known all your life. Though there are some incredibly sad and challenging moments, overall the book is very uplifting and leavesContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January Round Up”

Photo of the two band members of Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder Image:

Artist Showcase – Oh Wonder

Who they are Formed in 2014, Oh Wonder are a London based alternative pop duo made up of Anthony Vander West and Josephine Vander West. They released their first album called  Oh Wonder in September 2015. All of their released albums to this date are written, recorded, produced and released by the duo themselves. ImmediatelyContinue reading “Artist Showcase – Oh Wonder”

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January Creative Challenge

Members of The Hut York, came together recently to think about what things bring them joy, such as dancing to music, being creative or simply taking a breath outside.  The result is an explosion of mixed media collage and happiness!  We will be displaying this inspirational work  in our 3D space on the main corridorContinue reading “January Creative Challenge”

Eleanor Worthington Exhibition in York Hospital as part of York disability Week

Eleanor Worthington Prize The Eleanor Worthington Prize is awarded to students of Art Schools at University level by the Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington, based in Urbino, Italy. It celebrates the International Day  of Persons with Disabilities for work in the visual arts on the theme of disability. This exhibition includes a selection of work submittedContinue reading “Eleanor Worthington Exhibition in York Hospital as part of York disability Week”

The Arts Team Stores

The Arts Team have installed artwork from our collection in several stairwells at York Hospital An artwork by Damien Hirst has also been installed at the front entrance of York Hospital. Butterfly Rainbow a reproduced Perspex artwork is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of the artist’s best known motifs. Damien HirstContinue reading “The Arts Team Stores”

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Christmas Songs in the Chapel of York Hospital on the 8th December

Nicola Betts will be coming to sing Christmas songs in the chapel foyer at York hospital on Wednesday 8th December, 12 – 1pm.  She will be accompanied by Jon on the drum and the doors will be open so everybody passing on the corridor can hear.  Nicola runs the Wellbeing Choir but the choir willContinue reading “Christmas Songs in the Chapel of York Hospital on the 8th December”

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Martin Sainty’s End of Year Polls – Top 10 LP’s

Its that time of the year where end of year polls pop up everywhere so I thought I’d do mine in a rip off of John Peels ‘Festive 50’, Stewart Lees ‘I arrogantly recommend’ and Jumbo and Piccadilly Records hotly anticipated end of year LP chart 2021. It’s a mixture of guitars, electronica, horror soundtrackContinue reading “Martin Sainty’s End of Year Polls – Top 10 LP’s”

Write yourself to Better Mental Health by Dominque De-Light

Dominque De-Light The Arts Team have been really inspired by this article written by Dominque De-Light and which we found on the Culture Health and wellbeing Alliance website, we hope you find it beneficial, you can link to the original website or read the content below.. I have written for as long as IContinue reading “Write yourself to Better Mental Health by Dominque De-Light”

Artist Showcase – Dancing on Tables

(Photo credit – Facebook(Dancing on Tables official page) In a new strand Max Stephens is putting together artist showcase’s for bands we might not be familiar with…. check out the first band that Max is showcasing… we’re looking forward to finding out a little more about them… Who they areOfficial website link – DancingContinue reading “Artist Showcase – Dancing on Tables”

Marianne FaithfullThe only way you can do anything any good is through love

The Arts Team have been really moved by this recent find on WeTransfer – How Marianne Faithfull and Warren Ellis’ poetic new record She Walks in Beauty was built on decades of friendship, passion and collaboration… it’s a very touching listen/read … check it out! here’s a link to the original article: What effectContinue reading “Marianne FaithfullThe only way you can do anything any good is through love”

WORKSHOP with Jessica Grady

This Eco Embellishments workshop with Jessica Grady (who is currently displaying her fantastic work in the 3D case at York Hospital) has been produced by AIR Gallery in Manchester. AIR is a contemporary gallery and exhibition space based in the North-West which showcases emerging and early career artists. You can find out more about themContinue reading “WORKSHOP with Jessica Grady”

November Creative Challenge

It’s November and the clocks have just gone back and the daylight hours are getting shorter, so what better monthly challenge could we find than one filled with bright vibrant colours. The November challenge is inspired by a new exhibition recently installed in the 3D case at York Hospital. The embroidery artist Jessica Grady livesContinue reading “November Creative Challenge”

Malcolm Ludvigsen, Exhibition of Paintings at Scarborough Hospital

The Arts Team have been busy installing the new exhibition in the main gallery space at scarborough Hospital. This is a series of oil paintings by York based artist Malcolm Ludvigsen. The exhibition runs through until March next year and is in the main corridor opposite outpatients. A plein-air oil painter, Malcolm Ludvigsen is bestContinue reading “Malcolm Ludvigsen, Exhibition of Paintings at Scarborough Hospital”

Lantern Parade

Creative opportunity for Scarborough Hospital staff Animated Objects Theatre Company are running a community lantern parade in association with Scarborough Borough Council on the evening of Friday 26th November. We will be running a drop in workshop to make a feature lantern to represent the NHS on Wednesday 10th November in the community room atContinue reading “Lantern Parade”

Michael Kiwanuka image credit: NME
Michael Kiwanuka image credit: NME

Bertrand’s Play List for Black History Month

Photo: Michael Kiwanuka Image credit: NME My wife has recently banned me from listening to some of my favorite Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield’s albums. I have to confess that once I am hooked on an artist I can obsessively play it over and over. In due rights, constantly playing the same tracks can beContinue reading “Bertrand’s Play List for Black History Month”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – book for November meeting

On Wednesday the Book Group met to discuss one of the new 2021 Quick Reads – ‘The Baby is Mine’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite. This title got a more negative than positive review from the group – we all felt that it had real potential which unfortunately was not realised. We didn’t feel that it builtContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – book for November meeting”

Exhibitions Update

The Arts Team have been busy installing four new exhibitions at York hospital, including a beautiful collection of photographs of Cuba by one of York’s consultant cardiologists, Dr Sanjay Gupta. Fellow photographer, Gareth Buddo says of his exhibition, based on work he did for commercial clients, backing racers at events… “There was something magic aboutContinue reading “Exhibitions Update”

Flyer promoting The Place Where I Live project

September Creative Challenge

This month’s challenge is a community project brought to you by York Learning’s Claire Douglas. Taking Inspiration from our beautiful City, using fine liner and pencil only, participants will be asked to design a small section of our map. There will be a wealth of visual resources available to help you complete your piece. However,Continue reading “September Creative Challenge”

Humans Not Heroes

Humans Not Heroes – recruiting for participants

China Plate are excited to tell you that following a successful pilot in 2020 (shortlisted for a Culture, Health & Wellbeing Award, nominated for a Student Nursing Times Award), the latest call out for their co-creation project Humans Not Heroes is live! Humans Not Heroes has been created by China Plate, Coventry University and Kerry Wykes (Emergency NurseContinue reading “Humans Not Heroes – recruiting for participants”

August Creative Challenge

The Beauty of Nature in Summer This month we are turning our focus to summer in the great outdoors – the long days, the bright sunshine, full blooms, sandy shores, evening sunsets and even the odd rain shower! We all know that spending time outdoors amongst nature is good for us and this month weContinue reading “August Creative Challenge”

Photograph of bright pink flowers
John Muir Trust

Mindful Photography 5 Days of Colour ‘Scavenger Hunt’

The John Muir Trust invite you to explore your local wild place and capture its glorious colours in a free online photography course with Mindful Photography UK. Submit a photograph each day of the course, showing each colour of the rainbow and at the end of the week, they’ll create beautiful multi-coloured collages of allContinue reading “Mindful Photography 5 Days of Colour ‘Scavenger Hunt’”

July Creative Challenge

This month’s challenge is a little bit different… There are some fabulous creative opportunities happening in and around York at the moment, featuring some of the artists who have appeared on the CultureClub.Social website or who have worked on the wards at the hospitals or exhibited their work on the hospital corridors. Your challenge forContinue reading “July Creative Challenge”

‘Reading for Wellbeing’ Virtual Book Group

The Trust Library Service’s ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ Virtual Book Group recently celebrated its first birthday! We started the Virtual Book Group during Health Information Week, an annual celebration of the importance of access to health information, in July 2020. We’ve been successfully meeting on the first Wednesday of every month since. Each meeting is aContinue reading “‘Reading for Wellbeing’ Virtual Book Group”

Photograph of comedy poet, Kate Fox
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Laugh Out Loud

We’d like to share a couple of links to local comedy opportunities kindly recommended to us this week. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a comedian, you might want to consider honing your skills with a stand up comedy or improv course with Laugh at Leeds If you like poetry with yourContinue reading “Laugh Out Loud”

Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran Exhibition Installed at Scarborough Hospital

Today the arts team installed a new exhibition by Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran at Scarborough hospital. The exhibition is on in the upstairs gallery space (between Pat’s Place Restaurant and the Stroke Unit) and runs until 30th November 2021. Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran, an ophthalmologist working for Scarborough Hospital is a natural meditator who isContinue reading “Dr. Sindhu Saraswathy Bhaskaran Exhibition Installed at Scarborough Hospital”

Alan Wise photography exhibition at York Hospital

  The Arts Team are delighted to be exhibiting Alan Wise’s photography at York Hospital. Alan’s work captures the play of light on landscapes and he has a passion for the great outdoors. ‘My favourite subjects are landscapes and nature, although I do like a good city/urban shot. Recently I’ve been exploring the Lake District, hiking andContinue reading “Alan Wise photography exhibition at York Hospital”

Hidden Talents – Katrina Mansfield – Fluid Artist

The arts team would like to gratefully thank Juliet Stott for the following interview with Katrina Mansfield… When she’s not working part-time in York Hospital’s gynaecology department, you’ll find fluid artist Katrina Mansfield creating beautiful abstract art in PICA Studios on Grape Lane in York.  PICA is an artist collective, there are currently 27 ofContinue reading “Hidden Talents – Katrina Mansfield – Fluid Artist”

Montage of NHS staff portraits by Karen Winship
Montage of NHS staff portraits by Karen Winship

New artwork at York Hospital’s main entrance

Local artist Karen Winship created a series of portraits as a tribute to the work of NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Karen has kindly donated a montage of the portraits to York Hospital. Inspired by Tom Croft’s #portraitsfornhsheroes project, calling for artists to create free portraits in appreciation of NHS staff, Karen was soonContinue reading “New artwork at York Hospital’s main entrance”


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