loose watercolour of woman walking past a pony, bare tree in the breeze behind

Artlook 2022

Start date: Thursday 20th October 2022
End date: Friday 18th November 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Artlook is a group of local artists living in Hampshire and Wiltshire and came into being in 2007. The group number has varied in size over the years, and now comprises seven members: Fiona Forbes, Susie James, Wendy Jelbert, Sarah Orchard, Sharon Rogers, Sally Tyler and Wendy Willis.

Our work is diverse in subject matter encompassing landscapes, seascapes, still life, flowers, gardens, figurative and abstract art in various media, including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pen and wash and collage.

We enjoy meeting together whenever possible to paint, compare new ideas, and discuss future exhibitions and are always on the lookout for new venues and projects.

Most of us run workshops and give demonstrations as well as running our own art classes.

The works on show in the hospital are some of our recent paintings which we hope will be uplifting to everyone who comes to see them.


playful watercolour of different breeds of dogs on leads

Illustrators on show

Start date: Thursday 4th August 2022
End date: Friday 14th October 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Three artists Zennor Box, Anna Shuttlewood and Diliana Nikolova exhibit fun and playful illustrative paintings along the corridors of Salisbury Hospital.

Zennor Box's images illustrate human moments and funny imagined stories are captured in this series of artworks. This exhibition is part of a tour visiting hospitals at Dorchester, Yeovil, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Taunton, Salisbury, and Western Super Mare.

‘Hospitals have become the perfect place to show these paintings because most people walking down a hospital corridor are looking for some sort of distraction or escapism and if the paintings are absurd yet familiar, strange yet humorous, they can quickly transport you to a different place, if just for a while.’ (Zennor Box)

Anna Shuttlewood and Diliana Nikolova are mother and daughter who create intricate paintings and drawings of better and brighter cheerful worlds full of friendly and naïve creatures. Their artwork is humorous and brings a smile to anyone’s day.

‘My pictures are detailed and have many ‘mini-stories’ to discover, one can look and imagine what the characters are like and what their dreams are. I also like to explore a world of animal – human relationships.’ (Anna Shuttlewood)

Illustrators on Show 2022 catalogue (pdf)



pink orange seedheads on abstract colour background

Laura Bell Group 2022

Start date: Thursday 26th May 2022
End date: Friday 24th June 2022
All-day event

Local artist Laura Bell brings us the latest exhibition of works created by students in workshops throughout the year. With a focus on watercolour techniques and dynamic colour studies there will be a wide variety of artworks displayed along the main corridors this month.

Download Laura Bell Group catalogue (pdf)


Children of Hope

Start date: Friday 18th March 2022
End date: Saturday 4th June 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Art from the children of the Ukraine

An exhibition of art by children from a school in the beautiful Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivst. 'Some of the paintings are sad. The happy ones are even sadder, a Ukrainian saudade.' The paintings can be seen in person at SP2, on St. Paul's roundabout, Salisbury, as well as in the online gallery link here. Click an image to view at a larger size.

This exhibition is raising money for two Ukranian charities - the Voices of Children Foundation and City of Goodness. Donations can be made to these charities online via their websites.

If you would like to make a cash only donation you can do this via the ArtCare office, Block 29, during office hours BUT please call on ext. 5617 to check one of the team are in the office beforehand. until 31st May 2022. As a thank you for any cash only donations of £10 or over, you can choose to have one of the digital images below emailed to you at a higher resolution to print out or use as a digital backdrop. We will take your email address and chosen image number when you make your cash donation.

Read more about the exhibition with a list of Ukraine-based artists who offer downloadable digital art (pdf)

Read Derek Pheby's poem to accompany the artworks (pdf)

painting of bridge leading over river, trees bordering

Open Exhibition 2022

Start date: Friday 8th April 2022
End date: Thursday 12th May 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

This year's ArtCare Open exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital is back and we received work from local and regional artists who submitted work for selection in this year’s display.  

The panel of judges awarded the overall winner prize to artist Joanna Williams for her landscape view of the river Itchen and two runners-up prizes, went to Maureen Davies for her innovative painting of Salisbury Cathedral in the snow, and painting ‘Anemones’ by Margot Adams.  Prizes for 2022 have been sponsored by Salisbury Hospital League of Friends. 

Over 90 artworks were selected for the final exhibition along the corridors and main waiting areas.  The hospital is grateful for support from our local artists who submitted work; as patients and staff enjoy the benefits of this display that brings colour, inspiration and welcome distraction to visitors. The exhibition is free of charge and can be seen until 12th May. 

Download Open Exhibition catalogue 2022 (pdf)


head of horse painting and winter field

Phoenix artists

Start date: Thursday 24th February 2022
End date: Friday 25th March 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Along the main corridors, levels 3 and 4, at Salisbury District Hospital is a display of artwork by the Phoenix Artists. Mel Cane, Mary Gilson, Liz Hoppé and Jean White were the original members of Allington Artists, noted for many successful, high-standard exhibitions with affordable prices across south Wiltshire.

Working with a range of media and subjects including animal portraits, seascapes, landscapes and floral art, they collectively produce a wide range of interesting artwork. They meet regularly at their riverside studio in Laverstock where they share details and experience of art workshops and courses attended. Their weekly critiques are an integral part of their keeping standards high and inspiring.

Exhibitions are free to view and a commission on sales contributes towards the ongoing art service and creative activities with staff, patients and visitors.

Download Phoenix artists exhibition catalogue (pdf)


painting of woman in orange dress walking dog through forest in summer

Ringwood Art Society 2023

Start date: Thursday 12th January 2023
End date: Thursday 9th February 2023
All-day event

ArtCare at Salisbury Hospital welcome the annual show from the Ringwood Art Society. Group members show their skills is a variety of media including watercolours, pastels and acrylics. Highlights include watercolour landscapes on level 3 main corridors including local scenes from Salisbury to the coast. Level 4 main corridor has a lively and colourful selection of paintings, drawings and seascapes.

The Ringwood Art Society was formed in 1968 to provide opportunities for members to extend their knowledge and interest in art generally, to provide a means for members to exhibit and possibly sell their work and to stimulate an interest in art amongst members of the public.

The exhibition is free of charge and can be seen on both levels 3 and 4 main corridors of Salisbury District Hospital. Visit the Ringwood Art Society website for more information about the group.


watercolour of woman in yellow walking dog in snow by Lynn Ryder

SGA Christmas Cracker

Start date: Friday 25th November 2022
End date: Friday 6th January 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

The Salisbury Group of Artists are holding their Annual Winter Exhibition at Salisbury District Hospital throughout December.

Local landscapes and a variety of original artworks will be on display along the corridors. The Salisbury Group of Artists is a vibrant, friendly and active arts group within and around the city.

In the run up to the festive season there is a chance to view and purchase a unique Christmas present and commission on all sales is used by ArtCare to fund creative projects for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

Find out more about Salisbury Group of Artists: www.salisburygroupofartists.co.uk


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


Start date: Friday 3rd December 2021
End date: Friday 24th December 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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 3rd December 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

'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
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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.