Ian Davenport exhibition coming to our hospitals

an Davenport, Colorplan Series: Bright Red Etching, 2011, Jerwood Collection © Ian Davenport. All rights reserved DACS 2020
an Davenport, Colorplan Series: Bright Red Etching, 2011, Jerwood Collection © Ian Davenport. All rights reserved DACS 2020

Paintings in Hospitals, the Jerwood Collection, and Cambridge University Hospitals present Colour in Motion, an exhibition featuring the works of Turner Prize-nominated artist Ian Davenport at our hospitals.

On display from 26th August 2020, Colour in Motion will feature a collection of prints and paintings by British artist Ian Davenport. Ian is internationally renowned for his abstract paintings that explore colour, process, and materiality. Graduating from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988, he is one of the Young British Artists. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and remains the youngest ever nominee. Ian is a Patron of Paintings in Hospitals and previously said:

“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.”

Colour in Motion is a collaboration between Paintings in Hospitals, the Jerwood Collection, and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is supported by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. The exhibition has been specifically designed for Addenbrooke’s rehabilitation gymnasiums, to enhance the physiotherapy environment with art that evokes movement and energy.

Natalie Ellis, Head of Arts at our 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.

Natalie Ellis

"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.”

Sandra Bruce-Gordon, Director at 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 carers, Paintings in Hospitals is 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 patients and staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Sandra Bruce-Gordon

Lara Wardle, Director at Jerwood Collection, said:

“It has never felt more important to think about our hospitals and care settings and therefore it is a timely moment to be partnering with Paintings in Hospitals and Cambridge University Hospitals to enable 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”.