Paintings in Hospitals worked with an emerging curator to create a new mindful hospital exhibition featuring the works of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, one of Britain’s most significant 20th-century artists...

In 2018 Paintings in Hospitals partnered with the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and Imperial Health Charity seeking an emerging curator to develop a new hospital touring exhibition.

We’re very pleased that emerging curator Briana Oliver was selected to lead the project. Briana completed her MA in Design History at the Royal College of Art in 2016.

Eye of the Storm by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Part of Linear Meditations, our new hospital touring exhibition in partnership with the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and Imperial Health Charity.

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

Briana says:

As a young museum professional, it's such an exciting opportunity to work with Paintings in Hospitals. We’ll be integrating mindfulness activities in our artwork labels, providing a tool people can use when experiencing difficult emotions and a resource to support their wellbeing. I hope this exhibition will create empowering and uplifting care spaces that inspire health and happiness for all.

Linear Meditations will tour three healthcare spaces at Charing Cross Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital throughout 2018 and 2019. The exhibition will then move to Milton Keynes University Hospital from the end of 2019.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a talk given by Briana, a project blog here on the Paintings in Hospitals website, and a series of mindfulness activities, including mindful drawing, mindful listening and yoga.

Find out more about the Linear Meditations exhibition...