Closed for the summer holidays…

Dear All

Thanks to all of you for your continuing involvement in the Onward Arts staff art programme. I have really enjoyed seeing all your submissions since the blog started. We are now taking a summer break and applying for new funds in order to continue the work from September. In the meantime we are no longer taking submissions. I will update the blog again in September when we know more about the programme for 2018. Happy holidays. Liz, Mary and Anna.

New staff art exhibition

Last week myself and Mary Hooper installed the new staff art exhibition in the link corridor on the first floor of the Barry Building. We had submissions from fourteen different members of staff across different departments in the hospital. The work includes photography, drawing, painting, computer art and textiles. As we were installing the work, we received numerous positive comments from passing patients, carers and staff about the quality of the work, and its contribution to the hospital environment.

Erin Burns’ work goes on display at PRH

We are very excited to have installed new work on the second floor of PRH in the corridors leading to the Education Centre. The images are reproductions of unique works by Erin Burns, who is Strategic Redesign Manager currently working for Eastbourne, Hailford and Seaford CCG, and a practicing artist. These replace previous work that has been on the wall since the early 1990s.

Erin’s work involves delicately painting and marking the surface of a photograph which is then mounted on aluminium and then covered in multiplelayers of viscous polymer resin and paint. The viewer appears to be looking through a translucent solid where textures, layers, and imagery converge. Erin’s images often begin with walks around gardens and outdoor spaces – often at night – where she search for quiet moments of natural beauty. She explains, “The trees, shrubs, and tangles of plant life which we pass by daily – form the starting point for my work.  I create images with my rustic holga camera or ancient 35mm SLR. Part of the joy is getting film developed to see what has been captured. Light leaks from the basic camera often adding an eerie glow and interest. The images are then blown up and mounted on aluminium dibond. These images are then intuitively subjugated with mark making, paint, spray paint, and resin”

Erin Burns was born and grew up in the USA, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University. She relocated to the UK in 2003.

Here are some images of Erin’s work being installed in PRH last friday (02.06.17). Thanks to the team for all their help! And many thanks to Erin for allowing us to use reproductions of her work.

For more of Erin’s work please visit her website












Emma Chaplin’s eye for nature and architecture

Emma Chaplin is an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, who started working at the Sussex Eye Hospital in February 2016, employed by Action for Blind People (part of the RNIB group).

“My job is to offer support, advice and information to patients with visual impairments. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of my local environment, and living in Brighton & Hove, enjoy both the natural beauty of the sea and downs views and the stunning range of architecture – from the beauty of Regency residencies to the determined industry of the Port.

 Working with people with sight loss has made me realise how sighted people take the visual world fore granted and made me think about how to make visual media more accessible – for example by providing vivid descriptions to accompany photographs.”





Landscape photography by Dr Yuri Gupta

Yuri became serious about photography in 2005 after buying a Digital SLR camera and has never looked back. His passion for the creative arts extends beyond the lens, and he has worked as a writer, pianist and songwriter, pursuing these interests alongside a successful career in medicine. Dr Gupta qualified in 2002, and now works as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, integrating his interest in imaging with his chosen profession.

This exhibition documents highlights of his global travels, from urban America to volcanic Sumatra via ancient Rome and the plains of the Masai Mara. He continues to explore the science and art of digital photography, adding to a growing portfolio of work both at home and abroad.





Sally Clark’s poem about care

Sally Clark is a Senior Perioperative Care Assistant working in Paediatric Theatres at the Alex Children’s Hospital.  She has worked in Theatres for the last sixteen years (Old and New Alex) and enjoys the interaction with both patients and carers.

Since leaving Senior School, Sally has found poetry (and reflective accounts) beneficial  to her wellbeing and, like her late mother, has kept a written diary to record significant events.

Here is a poem she has submitted:

As carer’s we listen attentively to all of our patients;
Young or old they often express their impatience and frustration.
They are nervous, scared and afraid of the unknown
So we distract, tell jokes – and for babies multiple bubbles are blown!

Put yourself in their place to understand how they feel
And never tell a patient being in Hospital is not a Big Deal!
Care for others how you would like to be cared for yourself
Then you will fully appreciate how to bring them back to good health!

Drawings by Charlotte Donald Wilson

Charlotte is a biomedical scientist who is currently working on the bank in Histopathology.  Her role is to examine human tissue cell samples microscopically.  She explains, “I have been living in Brighton since I began Biological Sciences at Brighton University. Since a young age I have been unsure whether to gravitate more towards a career in art or science, my two passions. Recently I have tried to combine the two by drawing things that fascinate me from the scientific world. My work can now be viewed in several displays around Brighton and Hove. I have also recently undertaken a series of commission pieces to raise awareness for depression and general mental health.”

To see more of Charlottle’s work please visit her facebook page:



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Transforming a Canvas

Kumar Pallavur is a cardiologist working at both the County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath. He explains, “I love nature and art. Art is my hobby. I use both oil and acrylic for the landscapes and abstracts I do. I find it very relaxing and satisfying to see how colours can transform a white canvas. Thank you for providing me with an opportunity to share them.”




Erin Burns’ photographic paintings

Erin’s work mixes photography and painting. She explains: “I began this latest series by photographing the environs of my new surroundings, including images of spring buds and alien foliage in an unfamiliar landscape. I make intuitive responses to the images with paint, marker, bleach, heat, and resin. The moment of making is inspired by what is on my mind – letting go, rebirth, love and loss, and isolation – all subjects that have arisen from moving across the pond.”

Erin is interested in catching quiet moments of natural beauty which she then subjugates with mark-making. Creating moments in time that reflect a melancholic attachment to the organic world, she investigates the formal qualities of painting utilising a process of layering various mediums. A process that is both additive and subtractive develops into an exploration of the relationships created through the juxtaposition of shapes. The titles for this series predominately come from the music she listens to while working, and literary influences.

More of Erin’s work can be seen on her website

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My Heart Still Beats For You
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115492432They Dont Love You Like I Love You III