Altered images 

09/09/2011 00:00 

Young patients have made their mark on history by putting a modern spin on archive photographs depicting hospital life.
In a series of art workshops, they were invited to take a fresh look at images of children and young patients from the Trust’s archives and to alter the photos to bring them into the 21st century.
They go on display in the Uviversity College Hospital Street Gallery from 8 September to 27 October in a joint exhibition hosted by UCLH Arts and UCLH Archives.

It was curated by Dominic McCutcheon, a senior clinical practitioner who worked at UCLH for nine years. Dominic left the paediatric department recently to take up a post at South Bank University as a senior lecturer.
Guy Noble, the Trust art curator, said:  “Rather than have a straightforward exhibition of archive photographs we wanted a bit of a twist and felt it would be more poignant if we involved children and young people who visit UCH. The photographs provided a stimulus and the results are a frank, sometimes moving, and at other times funny and subversive view of hospital life from the perspective of children and young people.”
Artist Frances Newman ran a series of workshops on the children and young people’s wards and paediatric outpatients.
The altered images will be displayed alongside copies of the original photographs.
Curator Dominic McCutcheon said “Children and young people have a unique view on the world; this exhibition reflects not only our history but also our future."


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