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     An Artistís Journey into the Early History of the
     Northern General Hospital

    By Chris Pickup

     An installation of site-specific sculpture


The Clock Tower Gallery
Northern General Hospital
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield, S5 7AU

27th August to 5th October

Open for public viewing

The early history of the Northern General is the history not of a hospital but of a workhouse. Artist Chris Pickup has made an extensive study of this history. His installation Inmates, through historical research, image processing, making and even archaeology, weaves together the lives of the people who once inhabited the building. Pickupís work is an original blend of site-specific artwork and museum display design, which creates a poignant and highly accessible tribute to the forgotten inmates of the early workhouse.

Through Arts Council England funding a publication for the event will be produced. More than an exhibition programme, this publication tells the story of the creation of this work, making the process of developing a conceptual artwork clear and accessible to all who read it.

Inmates will be a fitting tribute to those original workhouse occupants, a tribute which will  resonate with the people who work there today and the wider Sheffield community.    

For more information on Inmates contact:

Chris Pickup on 07974 384271 or enquiries@chrispickupartist.co.uk

For background information on the artist, go to:   http://www.chrispickupartist.co.uk

This installation is supported by the, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Arts Project. For further information contact: Sharon.gill@sth.nhs.uk or 0114 2714949.

The Clock Tower Gallery is open Monday Ė Friday during normal working hours.

There is full disabled access and facilities and refreshments are available before 2.30pm.

Call Reception for further details: 0114 2715879

Notes to editors:

Inmates is funded by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, through its Grants for the Arts programme for individuals and organisations. This work has a strong human interest element as there are members of the Sheffield community who have childhood memories of the workhouse and many have relatives who were resident in the workhouse. 


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