A new football themed permanent exhibition is being opened today (Thursday 12th July) at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC), Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The photography exhibition will enhance the corridor which leads to the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre and has been funded by law firm Ward Hadaway, Sintons Solicitors and the charity Football Aid, Field of Dreams.
'The Football Corridor’ is a series of photographic montages capturing historic football moments as well as more recent events for the region’s clubs. The images reflect the passion for the game in the north of England and were donated by local media and football clubs.
In addition to Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United, the exhibition covers 14 clubs from Workington to Bishop Auckland, Dunston to Blyth and Carlisle to Hartlepool, and has been created by NCCC arts advisor Germaine Stanger.
Germaine has been involved in art in hospitals since leaving Northern Arts to become a freelance arts consultant. Her work has covered many projects in connection with marketing the arts to a wider public and creating opportunities for organisations to incorporate the arts into their projects.
Germaine says: “I’m thrilled to see The Football Corridor come to fruition alongside the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.
“Sir Bobby was proud to receive his treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and contributed so much to help other people with cancer by setting up his Foundation.
“The Football Corridor is in tribute to him and designed to visually express this region’s passion for the game.
“I gained a great respect for football photography during its creation. Some photographers manage to catch, in just a split second, balanced compositions full of incredible energy and emotion. I hope they will interest patients and their families for years to come.”
Patients attend the NCCC for specialist cancer treatment from across the north east and Cumbria. Fittingly, The Football Corridor is located just outside the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre and Lady Elsie Robson was among guests attending the launch.
Lady Elsie says: “Bob received excellent care at the Freeman Hospital and he was so proud when the new cancer trials centre was named in his honour.
“The Football Corridor is a wonderful idea and looks great. Like so many people, I’ve experienced that draining feeling of repeated hospital visits and the worry that goes along with them. Anything which gives patients and their families something to interest them as they walk through the hospital has to be a good thing.
“Germaine’s done a great job bringing together the images and it was good of her and the hospital to invite me to be part of their exhibition opening.”