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Football theme enhances Friarage

[Friday 23 June 2006]

THE work of renowned Northern artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, will be adorning the walls of a brand new hospital which is set to open in one Dales town.

Art work to adorn new hospital
Photo: South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust

He will be presenting a print of his landmark painting 'Out of a Cloud' - which captures the bleak but beautiful landscape of North Yorkshire - to bosses at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, and the work will adorn the walls at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Mackenzie will also be paying his hometown hospital a visit to present on loan a set of signed prints of his works 'The Game of Life' for the enjoyment of patients, staff and visitors at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Tuesday (27th June).

Last year, the Trust announced the launch of the £21million rebuilding of the Friarage Hospital. Alongside the redevelopment, the trust wanted to build on the success of the Healing Arts Project at James Cook by incorporating key elements into its design for the Friarage.

Mackenzie's work now takes him all over the world, but was born in Middlesbrough and his first studio was in Richmond. He's an artist who passionately believes that art, painting and sculpture reaches into people's hearts and souls. The belief fits in with the trust's ideas that the environment in hospitals is key to patients, visitors and staffs' well being and the aim of the hospitals Healing Arts Project.

I am sure they will be enjoyed and provide a talking point for the many people who visit the hospital and we would like to thank Mackenzie for his generous help and support

John Gibb - Friarage Hospital Manager

The iconic images in the "Game of Life" focus on life beyond the pitch, and the place which football occupies in peoples hearts and lives. Whether played in the street or watched in the stadium, football spans cultures the world over.

"These works communicate to everyone, young or old, football fan or not, and are perfect for display in a hospital setting," says a trust spokesperson.

Friarage Hospital manager, John Gibb, said: "I am sure they will be enjoyed and provide a talking point for the many people who visit the hospital and we would like to thank Mackenzie for his generous help and support."

Mackenzie added: "I am very proud of my association with the Healing Arts Project and hope this body of work is enjoyed by visitors to the hospital. This collection of work reflects football as seen through the eyes of a Middlesbrough boy who grew up in the 1960s.

"The proud and beautiful, industrial and ship building past of the north east is apparent in the work for all to see and celebrate. The memories associated in a lot of these works are very personal to me but I think that most people have their own version of 'Mrs Can we have our ball back.

"If my work stirs some thoughts and emotions at whatever level then I feel I have done my job."

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