Endless Wave: Works by Birgit Skiöld

We're very excited to announce today an exhibition of works by influential Swedish printmaker and modernist artist Birgit Skiöld in partnership with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Birgit Skiöld is considered one of the most important pioneers of 20th Century printmaking, championing its status as art. She was a founder member of the Printmakers Council and was instrumental in establishing the International Print Biennale. From 1958 until her untimely death in May 1982, Birgit ran the highly successful Print Workshop in the basement of 28 Charlotte Street, London. The workshop was the first open access professional print workshop in England and soon became a destination of choice for such distinguished artists as David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Joe Tilson, and Victor Pasmore. In tribute to her enormous contribution to printmaking, the V&A held an exhibition of Birgit’s work in 2011.

Curated by the Paintings in Hospitals team, Endless Wave showcases works from our collection focusing on Birgit’s fascination with water, the sea, and Japanese art. The exhibition introduces Birgit’s pioneering experiments with different materials and printmaking techniques.

Cambridge University Hospitals is already home to a significant collection of printmaking with a collection of nearly 4,000 prints, including works by Eduardo Paolozzi, David Hockney and many other significant 20th Century artists. These sit alongside the hospital’s enviable collection of contemporary and historic artworks.

Damian Hebron, Head of Arts at Cambridge University Hospitals said:

“We are looking forward to seeing this exhibition of Birgit Skiöld’s work alongside our permanent collection. Artwork at the hospital makes such a huge difference to the experience of patients and partnerships like this mean that we can constantly keep the hospital environment fresh, offering patients and staff new visual treats!”


Exhibition Details

What? Endless Wave: Works by Birgit Skiöld

When? 12 July 2016 – 8 January 2017

Where? Addenbrooke’s Arts Gallery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ