100 Flowers: bringing flowers back into hospital

As part of the launch of the new South Glasgow University Hospitals (SGUH) and Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), a special art exhibition was held which celebrated the art work which will be on display throughout the hospital when it opens later this month. 

Responding to the ban on real flowers in hospitals, this collection comprises 100 artworks celebrating the beauty, meaning and histories of flowers and in hospital, and the links between environment, health and wellbeing. 

One of the photographs selected for the exhibition was taken by University of Glasgow lecturer of Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering, Dr Tim Drysdale.

Jackie Sands, strategic arts and health co-ordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, explains: “Flowers are no longer allowed in most ward areas due to infection control measures. We wanted to bring flowers back into hospital and so the 100 flowers arts initiative began. 

“An international call for artists was issued to create a collection of 100 flowers for the walls.

“We were delighted with the response and the 100 flowers collection includes a range of work from artists, both amateurs and professionals, as well local people and community groups who took the time and effort to produce both images and photos.” 

Dr Drysdale’s photograph is entitled ‘Dandelions at the Science Docks’ and will appear in the new hospital. 

First published: 20 April 2015

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