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The importance of art to hospice

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Martin Neville

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00

GKN Cowes is working in partnership with Earl Mountbatten Hospice to exhibit locally produced artwork donated by lsland artists and people supported by hospice services.

The artwork is being displayed at the hospice's own art gallery which is open to the public in the Halberry Lane, Newport, building, and also at both of GKN's sites at Osborne and Falcon Yard for GKN employees,.

The partnership is giving more people the opportunity to appreciate the art and purchase it, which in turn raises money for the hospice.

GKN manufacturing quality engineer Paul Grevatt said: "On a personal note, we lost our dad in November of 2016 and I can't thank everyone at the hospice enough for the care and support they gave him, and our family, and for how they treated him with such compassion and dignity.

"Developing this project has been an exciting experience and I've worked with such wonderful people.

"It's also rewarding to be part of a major aerospace manufacturer that understands its responsibility within the working environment and the local community and acts on it so positively."

Hospice chief executive Nigel Hartley added: "Art is such an important part of our every day work at Earl Mountbatten; it gives people the chance to express themselves when words are often difficult to find.

"Through our community artists/counsellors and volunteers, we aim to make life as normal as possible when people are going through the most difficult times.

"We are delighted GKN are helping us to spread the word about our own art gallery, while also raising funds for the hospice through the wonderful art that is created by Islanders we support."

Earl Mountbatten's art gallery is open every weekday between 9am and 5pm, and can be found in the main hospice building.

Please note that the GKN art exhibition is only open to its employees.

 


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