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New Hospital Arts exhibition aims to inspire

03 February 2010

A new exhibition now on show at Chelsea and Westminster showcases drawings made by singer Edwyn Collins during his recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.

346-edwyn-collins.jpgA new exhibition now on show at Chelsea and Westminster showcases drawings made by singer Edwyn Collins during his recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.

Collins, former lead singer with the brand Orange Juice who had a hit single with ‘Rip It Up’ and also a successful solo artist with hits including ‘A Girl Like You’, spent time learning to draw again as part of a rehabilitation programme.

In the process he rediscovered a childhood love of art and ornithology and for the past four years he has drawn a bird every day, titled and dated, to chart his recovery.

Collins says: “I believe that my real recovery began with my first bird drawing.”

Katherine Mellor, who manages the Hospital Arts programme which is organised and funded by Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, says: “These drawings will connect with all visitors to the hospital because of their fragility and beauty.

“The arts play an important part in Chelsea and Westminster’s holistic approach to healthcare and we hope that this exhibition will be an inspiration to patients, visitors and staff.”

• Edwyn Collins’ exhibition is on display in the first floor gallery of the hospital until 26 March

Picture (above): Edwyn Collins in the studio