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A poignant exhibition celebrating our NHS heroes has been unveiled in the ‘Tent of Hope’ at the York Vaccination Centre, as part of Pocklington Arts Centre’s 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 (pictured left) honouring our dedicated staff and volunteers at the Vaccination Centre. It was commissioned by Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC). The ‘Tent of Hope’ is the third location that PAC has taken this exhibition to. It previously attracted critical acclaim after being installed outside All Saint’s Church in Pocklington and at Hull Waterside and 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. 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.”

Michelle Philips, our Director of Quality and Patient Experience, 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.”

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