John Bellany and the SWH Exhibition

I was tasked with designing an exhibition, catalogue and interactive iPad presentation exploring John Bellany's work inspired by the Scottish Women's Hospitals. The exhibition is free to visit and runs from 20th January - 16th April 2016 in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. During the First World War the Scottish Women’s Hospitals Units (SWH) worked to save the lives of sick and wounded soldiers and civilians in war zones across Europe. The SWH organisation was the idea of Dr Elsie Inglis an Edinburgh doctor. The hospitals were staffed almost entirely by female doctors, surgeons, nurses and support staff. Scottish artist John Bellany (1942 – 2013) was inspired by the bravery, courage and dedication of these women and the experience of their patients to create a large series of artworks. The women of the SWH are perhaps now better remembered in the countries in which they were based. Many of the units were in Serbia due to its central role in the war and resulting large numbers of casualties. This exhibition is one of the Scottish Parliament’s projects to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War 1914 -1918.

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