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NHS Staff Giveaway

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in partnership with Newcastle Hospitals Charity, have produced 300 free limited edition prints as a thank you to staff of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2020 BALTIC invited creatives from across the North East of England to take part in their first major open-call exhibition: BALTIC Open Submission. Alongside staff, a panel of three artists based in the North East; Richard Bliss, Lady Kitt and Padma Rao, selected over 150 artworks to be exhibited.

BALTIC commissioned those three artists to produce an original print especially for the North East’s incredible NHS staff, as a token of thanks and appreciation for their vital role in our society pre, during and beyond the pandemic.

Lady Kitt’s work entitled Open. Bloom. Flourish. Nourish. can also be seen flying proudly on a flagpole on top of BALTIC's building.

NHS workers are able to pick up their free print from BALTIC Shop at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, by showing their NHS staff card. They will be given on a first-come, first-served basis whilst stocks last.

You can read about the limited edition prints here.


Lady Kitt Open. Bloom. Flourish. Nourish. 2021

Relief by Lady Kitt inspired by collaboration with deaf performer Colly Metcalf.

Open. Bloom. Flourish. Nourish.
“In praise. I share with you one, the central grounding point,
the place where connections are tightly held.
I offer you two, the creative point, the place where
connections are forged.
I leave you with three, the parting words, the place where memories remain.”
Poetic interpretation by artist Sarah Li, 2021


Richard Bliss Alphabet of a pandemic 2021

This embroidery evokes a Victorian sampler, replacing traditional religious and moral alphabetised texts, with words and phrases that became commonplace during the 2020-21 Covid-19 Pandemic.


Padma Rao Summer Songs 2021

Based on the themes of memory, connections and nature, the work portrays a time when, despite all the fears, the artist’s garden was a sanctuary and the flowers reminded Rao of colourful textiles back in India.

A women’s face in monochrome appears in the top right, through a colourful layered composition of line pattern, swirls and flowers. Yellow is the main colour, with oranges, reds, blues and greens throughout. Three pink tulips of varying size rise from the bottom left corner, with two yellow chrysanthemums slightly lower, to the right.