close up of peacock head made using grey, blue, purple and green gravel and pebbles


Start date: Friday 5th November 2021
End date: Friday 3rd December 2021
gravel peacock design

To mark the festival of Diwali at the hospital the ArtCare team have created a brightly coloured peacock design using different types of gravel and larger pebbles. The peacock is an important symbol in Hinduism, as well as in many other faiths and cultures. The gravel picture can be viewed on the Level 4, main corridor patio courtyard (turn right at the top of the stairs leading from main reception). See also our Window Wanderland page for more Diwali inspired art at the hospital.



Symbolism of the peacock

In Hinduism, the peacock is a symbol of benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck. The peacock remains in the presence of Lakshmi who is the consort of Vishnu and is the goddess of prosperity, luck and beauty. The peacock also has a connection with Hindra, the god of rain and thunder, whose waters give a new look and life to the earth.

The peacock (mayura) is the national bird of India. It is the most auspicious animal in Hindu mysticism. Indians keep peacock feathers inside their houses, as it is believed that their feathers will bring luck and prosperity to their families and friends.

To the Buddhist, the peacock signifies purity and their feathers are often used in purification ceremonies.

To ancient Greeks and Romans, the meaning of the peacock tail is that it was the eyes of stars. Peacocks were sacred to Hera, and anyone who took the life of Peacock had to face severe punishment.

In Christianity the peacock symbolises eternal life and the resurrection because peacock sheds its own feathers every year, and they grow back to their glory and grandeur.

In Persian mythology the peacock represents the symbol of guardians and is often carved near royal chambers. Alchemists used the symbolism of the peacock as an earthly form of the resurrection and the phoenix.

In Native American symbolism the peacock meaning is wellness, splendour and poise. Peacock feathers have great importance in healing rituals.

Peacock Celtic symbolism stands for transcendence and freedom. They believe that the bird has the ability to go to the heavens. This is why peacocks represent the liberation of the human soul.

field full of buttercups, Salisbury Cathedral spire in background


Start date: Friday 15th October 2021
End date: Friday 31st December 2021

'Local' is a Salisbury Hospital staff photography online exhibition. All these photographs were sent in by staff and volunteers at Salisbury District Hospital responding to the theme of 'Local'. As well as this online exhibition shortlisted images were selected for the latest batch of PALS cards for patient messages, sponsored by the League of Friends. All photos have also been printed in special books to be taken onto wards by artists Stephanie, David & Hannah during one-to-one referrals with patients and used during poetry, discussion, reminiscence sessions.




Download the catalogue of images (pdf)

Download the list of artist names and photographs (pdf)

watercolour of windmill on banks of river, bare trees, cloudy sky

Laverstock Art Club

Start date: Friday 29th October 2021
End date: Friday 26th November 2021
Drainage mill at Turf Fen, Norfolk by Reni Taylor

Laverstock Art Club was founded in 2008 by John Gustard, a local artist and tutor who lived in Salisbury. When he and his French wife moved to Saintes in 2017, Fiona Forbes took over the organisation and teaching of the group. Meetings are held every Tuesday in the Laverstock and Ford village hall. Due to the Covid restrictions, lessons were able to continue using Zoom during the last year. Using an informal approach to her lessons, Fiona aims to provide a sociable and positive atmosphere within the meetings to achieve individual development. This will be the club’s first exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital.

Download Laverstock Art Club catalogue (pdf)


direct botanical print of cow parsley seedhead on black background

Four Seasons Art

Start date: Friday 17th September 2021
End date: Thursday 21st October 2021
Seedhead social 3/10 VE, Robin Moorcroft

Presenting a group of professional artists, set up by Marianna Kneller, Fellow and Founder member of the society of botanical artists.  The pieces exhibited interpret nature through different artistic methods including paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel) drawing, colour pencil collage and printmaking. Artists exhibiting are: Robin Moorcroft, Hilary Tratt, Kate Bennett, Joan Scott, Cathy Beggs, Barbara Rousseau, Marianna Kneller, Ann Squire & Keith Pattinson.

Download the catalogue of images (pdf)

Download the list of artist and artworks (pdf)

Staff and patients can see the display on Levels 3 & 4 Main Corridors at Salisbury District Hospital. A commission from sales funds future creative projects with patients, visitors and staff at the hospital.



colourful abstract still life of white flowers in vase with wave, diamond and circle patterns


Start date: Friday 6th August 2021
End date: Friday 10th September 2021
Laura Bell watercolour

Two Salisbury artists, Angela Cox and Laura Bell, each explore the use of watercolour in both botanical paintings and colourful abstract landscapes. They are joined by printmaker Diane Roberts who is displaying a selection of lino cut prints inspired by flowers and nature.

Download the catalogue of images (pdf)

Download the list of artist and artworks (pdf)

Staff and inpatients can see the display on Levels 3 & 4 Main Corridors at Salisbury District Hospital. A commission from sales funds future creative projects with patients, visitors and staff at the hospital.

view of rocky headland with path, turquoise sky and sea merging beyond

Vivid light

Start date: Thursday 20th May 2021
End date: Thursday 22nd July 2021
Gill Drew painting of coastline

Six artists display artwork with colour, vibrancy and rich palette as their shared style. Mary Fawcett shows bright exotic pastel work; so does David Cousins who also uses abstract images to depict his landscapes. Margaret Gill’s abstract paintwork combines shape and texture. Both Lorraine Sherlock and Rosemary Jarvis use hand embellished textiles with intense colours. Gill Drew creates dream like images using subtle colour and storytelling in her detailed paintings. Download the Vivid Light catalogue (pdf)

Staff and inpatients can see the display on Levels 3 & 4 Main Corridors at Salisbury District Hospital. A commission from sales funds future creative projects with patients, visitors and staff at the hospital.


abstract acrylic painting of yellow field, red and purple hinted at flowers foreground, green trees on horizon

Salisbury Group of Artists

Start date: Thursday 15th April 2021
End date: Thursday 13th May 2021
‘Summer yellow across the field’ by Terry Kemp

The long-awaited return of paintings on the hospital exhibitions is launched with the Salisbury Group of Artists who display colourful landscapes and images to uplift our environment. Staff and inpatients can see the display on Levels 3 & 4 Main Corridors at Salisbury District Hospital. The pictures are for sale - contact ArtCare office on ext. 5617. Visit the SGA website for more details about the group.  

Download catalogue with artist details and prices (pdf)

Download catalogue of images only (pdf)


montage of spring images including daffodils, blossom, oil seed rape field, bird in bath, donkey looking over hedge and sheep

Springtime online

Start date: Wednesday 10th March 2021
End date: Thursday 15th April 2021

Enjoy the latest set of Springtime photographic entries from our hospital staff and volunteer photography group. We had 100 entries submitted which can all be viewed by staff and patients along the main corridors, level 3 & 4 of the hospital or online. See the links below for catalogues and image slideshow.

Finalists were chosen from all the entries submitted and their winning images are being be printed onto patient message cards to be sent out by the PALS team, The cards have been funded by Salisbury Hospital League of Friends.

Watch a video of the exhibition on our ArtCare YouTube Channel

Download list of artworks with catalogue number, title of piece and artist name (pdf)

Download catalogue of springtime exhibition images (pdf)

Photo of red telephone box next to a bike with cathedral in the background in the snow

Winter Wonderland

Start date: Tuesday 1st December 2020
End date: Tuesday 9th March 2021
Helen Russell ‘Winter in the Close 1’

Because of lockdown restrictions this year we are unable to run our annual exhibition with Salisbury Group of Artists, which has been postponed to February 2021. Staff and volunteers working at Salisbury District Hospital have stepped in though and submitted their photographs on the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’. We had over 90 entries which can all be seen along the main corridors, level 3 & 4, plus Medical Surgical Outpatients.

A shortlist of images were selected by a panel of judges including our new Chief Executive, staff and a patient group on Farley Ward. These finalists are being printed onto patient message cards, sponsored by Salisbury Hospital League of Friends, and sent out to wards by PALS over the winter.

Watch a video of the exhibition on our YouTube Channel

Download list of artworks with catalogue number, title of piece and artist name (pdf)

Download catalogue of images (pdf)



montage of close ups of frosty leaves, tree rings, old man's beard, lichen and sheep's wool

ArtCare prints exhibition

Start date: Friday 3rd July 2020
End date: Friday 31st July 2020
ArtCare print 58

The ArtCare team present a selection of photographic prints from across their image collection. You can buy pictures straight away from the exhibition or order your favourite in the size you prefer. Download our catalogue for further details and prices.

Download ArtCare prints image catalogue for virtual viewing.

ArtCare is charitably funded by The Stars Appeal, other grants and all money raised by these picture sales go towards hospital creative projects with patients, staff and families. The exhibition is free of charge and can be seen on both levels 3 and 4 main corridors of Salisbury District Hospital.


montage of close up photos of fishing net, rope, buoys, fish crates and chain graphic image of hare jumping in field with hay bales and white chalk horse on hillside

montage of sunset and sunrise images including fields, rivers and coast

Lockdown landscapes

Start date: Saturday 1st August 2020
End date: Saturday 31st October 2020
lockdown landscapes 4

Exhibition of images taken by hospital staff and volunteers

Staff and volunteers were invited to submit a digital photograph to ArtCare’s annual exhibition on the theme of ‘lockdown landscapes’: This could have been any image taken during lockdown of their home, garden, view from the window, dog walk or their lockdown experiences.



We received over 100 entries that ranged from sunset, country walks, community spirit, home activities, enjoying nature and how the city changed during that time. Staff captured their moments of quiet, while those who were shielding provided images from their home and garden. The quality of the work and thought that has gone into each photograph is clear.

We have printed and hung each piece along the main corridors, level 3 and 4, of the hospital. Currently the exhibition is only viewable by hospital staff and patients. So, for those of you who can’t visit in person we have created a video (see below), along with a catalogue list and photo album of all the images.

Download lockdown landscapes image gallery (pdf)
Download lockdown landscapes catalogue - list of artworks (pdf)

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and you can always send us your own lockdown photographs, with permissions, for us to share online through our website or social media. Take a look at our photography basics to get some tips to improve your photography. The exhibition runs throughout August and September at Salisbury District Hospital.


Photo of lego figures with life jackets on plastic raft (cut up plastic bottle) on water

Burgate Sixth Form

Start date: Friday 14th February 2020
End date: Friday 6th March 2020
A Little Cruise on the SS Pollution by Tom Boswell

Burgate School and Sixth Form have worked with ArtCare for eleven years, producing an exhibition on a theme as part of a ‘live’ project that is an integral part of the A level syllabus for either Art or Photography. Each year the students combine the techniques they are learning at school with the artists they are studying and interpret the theme from the project in response to all these sources in their own unique way.

The theme this year was Collections. Some have used collections of memories, collections of images, collections of materials – including plastic and the destructive impact that the collection of plastic is having on the planet. Their work explores a whole range of ideas and the pages that follow explain their thoughts and influences that have shaped the work. Download the Collections catalogue

ArtCare would like to thank the students and the staff team at Burgate School and Sixth Form for all the time, care and effort put into another year’s exhibition.