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  • Writer's pictureLynn Powell

Supporting Art in Healthcare - an interview with Suzanne Kemplay

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Suzanne Kemplay is a contemporary Scottish Still Life and Portrait artist. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a BA (Hons) degree in Drawing & Painting. She has recently returned to her studio on a full time bases and currently paints still life and portraits, she also has a number of prints of her flower paintings. Suzanne has exhibited her work through a number of Scottish galleries.

She has volunteered with Art in Healthcare, our charity this Christmas, so we thought we’d hear from her about her experience.

Suzanne Kemplay

What do Art in Healthcare do?

Art in Healthcare acknowledge the importance of the visual arts on our wellbeing. The charity have two main functions - to provide artwork for hospitals and other related healthcare providers and to provide arts and crafts workshops into communities via social prescribing for those experiencing social isolation, mental health problems and disabilities.

Why did you get involved in Art in Healthcare?

I knew about Art in Healthcare through seeing artwork in a hospital and knew someone who was teaching workshops. When I left my full time job in 2016 I finally had some time to do some voluntary work so I got in touch.

What is your role with Art in Healthcare?

I volunteered to support the artist leading the class and attendees with their artwork. We did a bit of everything with people of all different experiences, many not having done any art since leaving school. We had a different theme each week but were open to people doing what they wanted to do.

I enjoyed working with the group and seeing how much they appreciated the time and space and the friendships that blossomed. It was very rewarding to be a part of that.

What do you do at the Arienas Collective?

I teach the Paint and Wine evenings as wells as the Lino printing workshops.

Flower print by Suzanne Kemplay

Come along and meet Suzanne at our open day on Saturday 1st December 2018 between 12 and 7pm. She will be selling some of her flower prints and is offering a generous 30% off her prints throughout December.

She will be donating 10% from her flower prints and 20% from any sales of her paintings to Art in Healthcare.

For more information on the charity click here

Musical composition by Suzanne Kemplay

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