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Art Exhibition To Have Therapeutic Effects On Sick Children

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Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators and is known by young and old alike, his name having been synonymous with his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books. Recently he has been commissioned by hospitals in the UK and Europe to produce works which have a therapeutic effect on their patients.

An exhibition of these works is touring the UK and Paisley Museum is the only Scottish venue to have been chosen to showcase these pieces and allow visitors to experience the effects for themselves. The exhibition opened on 27 April and runs until 24 June.

Many of the pieces from the collection entitled Welcome to Planet Zog have been created to brighten and stimulate childrens’ wards in hospitals, and Paisley Museum have therefore been very keen to involve Yorkhill Children’s Foundation in order to arrange to display a range of these pieces around the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Yorkhill to add some colour and child friendly drawings by a renowned children’s illustrator to the various public waiting areas within the hospital.

Yorkhill Children’s Foundation funds innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities, paediatric research and training, patient and family support, entertainment and fun activities for children and other projects and service enhancements invaluable to the treatment, care, physical and mental wellbeing of sick children and babies, and their families, from throughout Scotland and beyond. Since 2001 the charity has funded an incredible £9 million towards this work, ensuring that children and babies treated at Yorkhill Hospital and related facilities throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde are given the best possible treatment and chance of survival.

David Welch, Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications said ‘Given our dedication to hospital improvements and patient and family support, Yorkhill Children’s Foundation is extremely grateful for this kind gift and would like to thank Renfrewshire Arts and Museums for their generosity. Having colourful and unique pictures such as these by Quentin Blake makes a real difference to children and families in Yorkhill Hospital, brightening up waiting areas and bringing art to the hospital walls, and we very much look forward to seeing the pictures up around the hospital’.

Craig Elliott, Marketing and Access Co-ordinator for Renfrewshire Council’s Arts and Museums service said, “We are delighted and honoured that Paisley museum will be the only Scottish venue for this Quentin Blake tour. Working with Yorkhill Children’s Foundation on this project, was an obvious choice and we are delighted to be able to extend this exhibition beyond Paisley and Renfrewshire and to hopefully make a difference to the children and families in Yorkhill Hospital through this colourful display of beautiful and thought provoking works. The works are unmistakably Quentin Blake, but will provide visitors to Paisley Museum and Yorkhill Hospital with something a little different to the better known illustrations for Roald Dahl.”

To view the full exhibition at Paisley Museum as part of the UK tour, visitors will be welcomed from 27 April – 24 June. Entry is free to under 16 years and adult entry is £2.

For further information on Quentin Blake – As large As Life, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts. And for additional information on Yorkhill Children’s Foundation visit www.yorkhill.org