Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

John Bellany and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals

20 January to 16 April 2016 (closed 15-20 February and Sundays)

During the First World War, the Scottish Women’s Hospitals were set up in war zones across Europe to tend sick and wounded servicemen in countries including Serbia, France, Bulgaria and Russia.

The hospitals were staffed almost entirely by female doctors, surgeons, nurses and support staff and were funded by communities from across the UK and beyond.

Renowned Scottish artist John Bellany (1942-2013) produced a series of oil paintings and drawings inspired by the experiences of the wounded soldiers and the nurses that cared for them.  These previously unseen works will feature in the exhibition which will also include a specially commissioned poem by Scotland’s Makar, Liz Lochhead, her creative response to the Bellany works.

Archive photographs, film and objects on loan from public and private collections tell the wider story of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals.

Images © Bellany Estate