New exhibition by Darren Baldwin

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition of works by Darren Baldwin, Genius Loci – a Hospital in Transition from the 19th to 21st Century. The exhibition will run from October 5th to mid January in the link corridor Level 3, Thomas Kemp Tower.


Here is some further information:
These photographs by Darren Baldwin, taken during 2015 and 2016, offer a unique record of some of the hospital’s oldest structures, including the Stephen Ralli Building and the Latilla Building. These buildings are among a number that are due to be demolished in 2017 as part of the hospital’s redevelopment.

Each of the images in the exhibition offers many possible stories of events and encounters that have taken place, and of the staff and patients who occupied the spaces. They show scenes and fragments of things past – an emotional and clinical inventory of objects and spaces.

Through Darren’s eyes, we are shown the switches and handles worn by touch; the state-of-the-art machines now laid to rest; and the traces of years of staff care and attention. Most touching of all are the small signs that show how staff personalized the institutional systems of which they were part: the hand-written notes and notices, the decorations on the walls; the improvised designs. These give the vacated spaces atmosphere and character.

The pictures reflect Darren’s sensibility not just as a photographer, but as a nurse who understands the culture of the workplace and how it leaves its marks. He sees everything.

Nothing in these photographs will remain. They are valuable memories, preserved forever as images, for current generations to reflect and future generations to learn.

Darren will also be photographing the Barry Building before it is demolished.

Rex Pemberton – Creating art using code

We have our first artwork using computer code by Rex Pemberton, who works as a porter at the Royal Alexander Childrens Hospital.

Rex explains, “Computer code, itself a creation of mathematics, has the ability to create images. Our culture believes mathematics to be the natural language of nature. By using complex numbers and a bit of trigonometry it is easy to create abstract, yet believable, images. Such images have the attribute of being mathematically true. They also have the potential to be real. They are, indeed, artefacts created using the language of nature.”rex-pemberton-alien-driftwoodAlien Driftwood


rex-pemberton-landscape-without-figuresLandscape Without Figures

rex-pemberton-shadows-cast-by-an-imaginary-objectShadows Cast by An Imaginary Object

rex-pemberton-sometimes-the-wall-looks-back-at-youSometimes the Wall Looks Back at You

The Catcher of My Fall

Posting another poem by Nick Hawkins. Happily, there is more poetry to come from other staff too.

The Catcher of My Fall

You’re my sanctuary of life,
my road to Mandalay,
my silver lined horizons,
and sunny month of May.

You’re my answer to all the questions
my light in darkened skies,
my voice for my emotions,
and vision within my eyes.

You’re my calendar of dreams,
my smile throughout the pain,
my laughter on darkened days,
and protection from the rains.

You’re the life that keeps me going,
my tide that washes shores,
my reason for kissing the moon tonight,
and the key to unlocking doors.

You are my ending destiny,
my journeys final call,
my companion for all eternity,
the catcher of my fall.