Being pregnant can be both a wonderful and stressful time. Paintings in Hospitals is giving expectant mums some extra support in the form of our touring mindfulness exhibition ‘Linear Meditations’...

Currently on display at the Antenatal Day Assessment Unit and Obstetric Ultrasound area at Milton Keynes University Hospital, the Linear Meditations exhibition features the works of influential British abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. The exhibition was developed in partnership with Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Imperial Health Charity and emerging curator Briana Oliver.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Glacier Encounter, 1976. Part of Paintings in Hospitals

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Glacier Encounter, 1976. Part of Paintings in Hospitals' Linear Meditations exhibition.

Linear Meditations dives into the representations of water made by Barns-Graham in her drawings, paintings and etchings between 1975-2002. Capturing water in a variety of forms, from glaciers to seascapes, the exhibition explores the power of water to both calm and captivate.

The exhibition has been specifically designed with care settings in mind, to enhance the care environment and improve patient and staff wellbeing. To help patients and staff engage with the display, the exhibition has a series of practical mindfulness exercises.

Amisha Karia, Head of Collection, Loans & Programming at Paintings in Hospitals, said:

I am thrilled this exhibition is touring to the Antenatal Day Assessment Unit at Milton Keynes Hospital. I believe it is the perfect location for a meditative exhibition that features mindfulness exercises to the support health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and those caring for them.

Stuart Isaac, Artistic & Programmes Director at Arts for Health Milton Keynes, said:

I am delighted to welcome the Linear Meditations exhibition to Milton Keynes University Hospital, continuing our partnership with Paintings in Hospitals. The artworks help promote a wellbeing focused environment and innovatively encourage engagement with the artworks through the mindfulness exercises.

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