Mel Wotton

I have managed the Hearth Gallery since its opening in September 2015 and am responsible for designing a diverse programme of exhibitions and projects from both established and emerging artists, with a unique opportunity to explore and create new artwork for exhibition within a wonderful, purpose-built gallery space.

It’s rewarding to be able to work on exhibitions which make a difference to people’s lives –either through inspiring our patients, staff and visitors and offering an opportunity to relax and enjoy the gallery space or showing artwork aimed at reducing stigma, encouraging discussion and offering new perspectives. The accessibility and central location of the gallery within the hospital means that visitors’ encounter with art is sometimes unexpected, fresh and immediate, and this is exciting in terms of curation

Mel

Our ‘open to all’ ethos is generating a wide network of connections and possibilities, and an enormous interest in arts in healthcare within our hospital sites and beyond, and a number of recent arts projects originating in the gallery have been extended across the hospital, and also to other venues including a London Gallery.

I work on a part-time basis in the gallery and also as a practicing artist from my studio at Kings Road Artists’ Collective, with a background mixture including fine art, ecology, complementary therapies and marketing. I have a strong belief in the ability of nature, the environment, landscape, and all things which improve our sense of wellbeing to greatly impact on our health and the richness of everyday life.