The North West’s first NHS artist has unveiled a permanent exhibition of his work in the Ladysmith Building at Tameside Hospital.
Musician Jeff Ward has toured the world with some of the biggest names in British rock music, including Elton John, Kiki Dee and Leo Sawyer, these days he can be found concentrating on his other passion, painting.
He has created an exhibition of more than 20 landscapes and portraits of local landmarks in his native Ashton under Lyne, and included views of the hospital, as a special thank you to doctors and staff there who are treating him for heart problems.
Jeff ( married with two children and three grandchildren) plans to share his talents by organising art and music sessions to instruct and entertain patients.
This is an honorary appointment and carries no salary but Jeff, who lives in Aston, says he couldn’t be more happy.
He says: “Being able to work with patients and support such a great hospital as Tameside will be such a treat. In my younger days I was lucky enough to work with some great musicians and although I got interested in art at school through a very inspiring teacher I had to make a choice. I chose music then and it served me well. But lately I’ve been able to rekindle my love of painting and I’m just so pleased that people like my work.”
He paints like Lowry but uses more vibrant colours and bolder strokes. Having him as Tameside hospital's "Artist in Residence" is a boost for patients and staff alike. His work with patients includes working with dementia patients to help them reminisce and remember memories through music and painting.
If you would like any information on Jeff's work contact Susan Osborne on 07836 229208 or Jonathan Mason, Senior Communications Officer at Tameside Hospital on 0161 92