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Into The Light

7th March - 14th June 2015

Into the Light was an exhibition of new work created by artists from The Arts Project based at Northgate Hospital. The work was inspired by the stories and collections of Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.

The Arts Project is part of the Therapeutic Activities Service within the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The Arts Project offers an ongoing comprehensive programme of practical art sessions led by professional artists. Patients make and learn about art, a process which directly contributes to positive clinical outcomes including improved well-being and feeling more included in society.   

For this project, the artists and patients worked together with Woodhorn staff to research, develop and create new work inspired by the museum and archive collections. As well as creating the art work, the project participants have co-curated the exhibition, selecting works and making decisions about their placement and presentation.  

The professional artists who work for The Arts Project exhibited a piece of their own artwork alongside the work of patients and the work was not attributed. The decision to do this ensured the focus on the inclusivity of contemporary art-making and away from the professional and patient relationship.   

Into the light built on Woodhorn Museum's commitment to presenting work made by artists who may be excluded from the traditional arts world due to health or social circumstances. This strand of programming is inspired by the story of the Ashington Group (Pitman Painters) whose collection is on permanent display here.   Along with art work that was displayed in the gallery, a sound installation was installed on the banner ramp where traditional brass band music received a contemporary twist!

This was produced in partnership with: Woodhorn Museum and The Arts Project made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council. 

Image Credit: Kevin Gibson Photography