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Appreciating Good Art In Health

February 25, 2013 12:23 PM

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A young Glasgow artist has donated one of her latest works to Gartnavel General Hospital in recognition of the care and support she has received at the ward.

Karly Burns aged 27 from Maryhill in Glasgow has donated the piece, The Confines of Free Will, to the West of Scotland Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Centre in the hospital.

Karly who has CF has been treated at the hospital for 10 years said:  “The CF team at the hospital are just fantastic and I really appreciate the opportunity to show my work at the ward, it opens it up to a new audience and hopefully gets people thinking and talking.”

The piece follows Karly’s signature style using bright vibrant colours as well as things from nature.  She added:  “I think it’s aesthetically pleasing and the colours and shades in it can all have meaning so it’s up to people to work out why they are there.”

Karly is currently working for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2014 and has previously completed two artist in residence posts with Project Ability.

“Project Ability is designed to help adults with mental health issues, adults with learning disabilities and offers children and young peoples’ art classes and they kindly gave me a corner to work in so I had my own studio space which was just lovely.  It give me the room to create the picture that is now in Gartnavel as that was quite a challenge for me to create as it was quite a big piece for me,” Karly explained.

Project Ability director Elisabeth Gibson said:  “Karly Burns is an outstanding young artist.  She has a clear vision for the direction of her art work and works with authority and clarity. She has now completed two residency’s at Project Ability where she has been given access to time and space to produce work and develop her ideas. 

“Everyone in the studio enjoyed watching her create this painting and enjoyed making up their own stories to explore the narrative.  It is such a wonderfully lyrical piece. Karly has new work in our current exhibition which is on show at our gallery in Trongate 103 until the 2nd March.”
Karly’s doctor and respiratory consultant Gordon MacGregor based at Gartnavel added:  “We are very grateful for this amazing piece of art that Karly has so kindly donated to us.  She has been a patient here for 10 years and her creativity and energy are an inspiration to us all.

“The artwork has brightened up the ward for both staff and patients.”

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