‘Inspirational’ Sunderland hospice patients create art exhibition

Artist George Gorringe with some of his paintings, with nursing assistant Michelle Quinn at St. Benedicts Hospice. An exhibition of paintings done by partients at the Hospice are current on display at sunderland Minster

Artist George Gorringe with some of his paintings, with nursing assistant Michelle Quinn at St. Benedicts Hospice. An exhibition of paintings done by partients at the Hospice are current on display at sunderland Minster

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ARTWORK created by “inspirational” patients at a hospice has gone on display.

The exhibition is by amateur artists who use St Benedict’s Hospice in Monkwearmouth.

As well as helping group members learn a new talent, the painting has therapeutic benefits.

Michelle Quinn, nursing assistant at St Benedict’s Day Care Service, played a key role in developing the project, which was inspired by a resident.

“We started off six years ago with the Sunflowers picture that Doris Edwards painted,” she said.

“With further encouragement, lots of other patients have taken up painting.

“It’s a diversional therapy, taking your mind off other troubles.”

Caroline Worsfold, chaplain at the hospice, said she had been overwhelmed by the standard of work, which is on display at Sunderland Minster until May 16.

“Some of the artists featured in the exhibition have already been artists before they came to the hospice, such as Jim Keers and Doreen Swinhoe, but others like Jan Buckley and George Gorringe only took up painting when they came to the day care service. Both Doreen and Jim had stopped painting due to illness, but Michelle’s encouragement brought them back to painting.

“One of the paintings by Doreen was painted whilst she had a broken arm.

“All the artists are an inspiration in that they never allowed their illness to limit their horizons.”