X-ray exhibition at Frenchay Hospital

Friday, 2 August 2013

The latest featured artist at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, is from Hugh Turvey, permanent artist in residence at the British Institute of Radiology (BIR).

His X-ray X-hibition is now on display in the Fromeshaw Gallery, Frenchay Hospital - located between South and Middle entrances on the ground floor of the Phase One building at Frenchay Hospital.

Hugh Turvey’s fusion of X-ray and photography is a new type of Rayogram wherein the object’s shadow is not only exterior, but also interior, thus depicting its inner structure and density. He defines these images as ‘Xograms’ – different from Photograms because of the frequency of the light used to expose the paper.

Ruth Sidgwick, Fresh Arts manager at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Hugh’s Xograms offer a fascinating insight into everyday objects.

“They have generated a huge amount of interest from patients, staff and visitors and are perfect for a hospital setting to help demystify radiology by showing it in an innovative, bright and energetic way.

“Radiologists at the hospital themselves have been fascinated and trying to work out how he does it.”

Fresh Arts is the arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust providing art for Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals. It uses the arts to improve patient wellbeing and the working lives of staff by enhancing patient environments. Proven arts benefits include:

Reducing lengths of stay and the use of medication

Reducing complaints, vandalism and maintenance costs

Promoting greater care for the environment

Create improved working conditions and staff retention

Increase positive public awareness around health and mental health

Find out more about Fresh Arts.


ugh Turvey is currently part of an ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ creative team developing what they are calling ‘communicative arts’ and ‘integrated therapy’ within the University College Hospital. Along with developing a body of work for the Science Photo Library, he has collaborated on an ebook and iPad app called ‘X is for X-ray’ with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).   

Find out more about Hugh Turvey here.