Hospital artwork at exhibition

Some of the Quentin Blake artwork currently displayed at Scarborough Hospital..'120338b.
Some of the Quentin Blake artwork currently displayed at Scarborough Hospital..'120338b.

ARTWORK that decorates the corridors of Scarborough Hospital’s midwife-led unit is on show at an exhibition in London.

The Quentin Blake illustrations of mothers and their babies were among a number of pieces commissioned specifically for hospitals.

The exhibition at the Foundling Museum opened this month and will run until April 15.

Blake, who is best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, was originally commissioned by the maternity unit of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Angers, France.

He said: “The illustrations are a way of saying ‘it’s going to be alright in a minute’.

“The women and babies are swimming under water. They could be flying with a feeling of being released from labour.

“One of the staff in France said the important thing is the exchange of look between the mother and baby, who are meeting for the first time in a way.

“I would like to think that the idea of art in maternity wards will take off in England and in fact Scarborough Hospital have taken a set of about nine.”

Find out more at www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk