Students joy at art surgery

Blackpool Sixth Form students Heather Stephenson, Amy Latus, Bec Morley and Laura Smith.
Blackpool Sixth Form students Heather Stephenson, Amy Latus, Bec Morley and Laura Smith.
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PATIENTS at a doctors’ surgery can now enjoy a little culture as they wait for their appointments.

North Shore Surgery, on Bristol Avenue, Bispham, has been brightened up thanks to displays by art students at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

The artwork has been on display for eight weeks and the artists got the first opportunity to see them hanging in public on Friday afternoon.

Peter Hamer, administration manager at the surgery, said: “Originally when we had building work going on about 18 months ago we were provided with some artwork and we wanted to involve the community.

“We were trying to find a local artist so we got in touch with the college, and the idea was to help promote the students’ artwork.

“It’s taken a long time to get it into place.”

The pieces are themed around local scenery, including one of Blackpool’s piers and the coastline at Cleveleys.

Mr Hamer says patients have really taken to the new spruced up surgery.

He said: “It’s been quite positive and the patients seem to like it.

“Before these were put in the place itself looked very clinical and wasn’t particularly inviting.

“It gives a distraction to patients while they’re waiting for the doctors and nurses.”

Laura Smith, 17, from St David’s Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “I’m happy because there were only a few of us that got them put up there. It’s just something I really enjoy doing.”

Two of 16-year-old Danny Spencer’s pieces are also on show in the surgery.

Danny, from The Corners, Cleveleys, said: “I did both of them because of an art project at school.

“They were my strongest pictures.”

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