Exhibition Celebrating NHS Heroes Opens at York Vaccination Centre

A poignant exhibition celebrating the heroes of our NHS has been unveiled in the Tent of Hope at York’s Vaccination Centre as Pocklington Arts Centre continues its season of pop-up exhibitions.

The collection of portraits of front-line NHS workers, created by York artist Karen Winship features a brand new piece honouring staff who are based at the Vaccination Centre which was commissioned by PAC.

The work is now on display in the Tent of Hope which is the third location PAC has taken this exhibition to. NHS Heroes attracted critical acclaim after being installed outside All Saint’s Church, in Pocklington and at Hull Waterside & Marina.

PAC director, Janet Farmer, said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been making art accessible for all by taking two exhibitions by two fantastic local artists on tour to various locations in the region.”

“When the opportunity to take NHS Heroes to the York Vaccination Centre arose we couldn’t think of a more fitting location for these stunning portraits that have been created by a very talented artist. We hope they brighten up the space while honouring all those who have worked so hard at this challenging time. Karen, whose daughter Kelly is featured in the exhibition, said: “It has just been incredible to have been able to have my work toured across the region and seen by so many people thanks to PAC, and now it is in such a fitting, poignant location.”

“The specially commissioned piece really finishes the collection off nicely and is a timely and relevant tribute to the team at the York Vaccination Centre, as well as to all NHS staff who have worked on the frontline throughout the pandemic.”

“There is still much work to be done and I hope my portraits bring some joy into the working day of the Nimbuscare team as well the hundreds of daily visitors to the site.”

The Askham Bar site is one of the national NHS Vaccination Centres, with around 1,500 people passing through the Tent of Hope and 3,000 visitors filing through the whole site at their busiest times.

Michelle Philips, Director of Quality and Patient Experience, Nimbuscare, said: “Showcasing art within the Tent of Hope brightens up everyone’s visit to the vaccination centre and we’re so grateful to have yet another fantastic collection from the very talented Karen Winship. We’re delighted with the special piece of art she has done for us which will be treasured by us all.”

Karen started her career in graphic design, before gaining her teaching degree, and going on to work in a maximum security prison as head of art.

Karen works mainly in acrylics and looks for the narrative within an image. She takes inspiration from the effect of light on objects and the shapes it creates.