Damien Hirst artwork on display at Forth Valley Royal Hospital
He has gifted a limited print which is now the centrepiece of a key worker ‘Rainbow Wall’ in the hospital’s atrium.
The display also features artwork from NHS Forth Valley staff and people from the local community.
Butterfly Rainbow is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings - one of the artist’s best known motifs.
It was created in May, and all profits from its sales – a staggering £1.5 – were donated to NHS Charities Together, the organisation that represents and supports the official NHS charities working across the UK
Hirst explained: “I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis.
“The rainbow is a sign of hope and I’m so pleased to have released these prints to help fund their brilliant work.”
The semi-permanent exhibition has been curated by Artlink Central for NHS Forth Valley and is designed to show support and gratitude for the care shown by NHS staff during the pandemic.
Barry Shaw, a porter who works at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, has created a series of drawings that portray key NHS workers alongside famous superheroes.
His drawings will be sold and profits donated to charity.
Another superhero featured is ‘Larry the Larbert Coo’ by Denise Liddell, an NHS Forth Valley patient flow call handler, who designs and draws her own quirky versions of ‘Heilan coos’ and during lockdown decided to dedicate one to the NHS.
Other contributors include local schoolchildren who have submitted paintings and drawings created during the pandemic.
Kevin Harrison, artlink central director, said: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the arts have
been used as a way of recognising and thanking our NHS and other key workers.
“People have used their creativity to bolster moods and offer a collective thank you to our vital health workers like never before.
“This ‘Rainbow Wall’ celebrates that work, whether by young children or one of the most established artists in the country like Damian.”