15 Feb 2015

Fantastic new exhibition opens at St James’ Hospital

Picture caption: (Top) - The 'Mirror Image Museum' exhibition is now open in the Bexley Wing at St James' Hospital.

Picture caption (Bottom) - Visitors take in one of the exhibition displays.

A new exhibition displaying a range of fine and rare objects from the extensive collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries has now opened at St James’ Hospital.

Since 2011, Leeds Museums and Galleries, working in partnership with St James’ Hospital, has curated a number of different exhibitions in the atrium of the Bexley Wing which have proved to be very popular with patients, relatives and members of staff to the Leeds Cancer Centre.

Each spring a new display is introduced in the hospital’s Atrium, which this year as part of the ‘Mirror Image Museum’ will focus on the theme of symmetry. The exhibition brings together and explores the symmetry that can be seen in everyday life, whether it has evolved in the natural world or been purposefully designed in man-made artefacts. Objects showcased in the exhibition include a dinosaur bone from Sussex, the egg of an Emu native to Australia, Chinese porcelain, a seashell plaque from the Caribbean and a printing block from Leeds.

Through this innovative partnership, Leeds Museums and Galleries have the opportunity to reach new audiences and display the wealth and diversity of its collection to audiences outside their traditional environments, while at the same time, provide a relaxing space for everyone who uses the Bexley Wing.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"It has been really fantastic to work with St James’ Hospital over the past five years, and we are really excited by the opening of our new exhibition in the Bexley Wing which this year will focus and explore symmetry.

"As always a diverse range of object from the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection are featuring in the display, which we hope will be enjoyed by visitors, patients and staff at St James’."

Notes to editors:

The exhibition will close on Thursday 30 April 2015.

Leeds Museums and Galleries is Leeds City Council’s family of nine museum sites across the city and is responsible for looking after the collections of fine and decorative art, fashion and textiles, industrial and social history, natural science and much more. Housing and caring for Leeds' fantastic collections, the Leeds Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art storage facility and centre for learning and exploration. All are welcome to visit the Discovery Centre for research or to see its unique resources. Leeds Discovery Centre is located 1.5 miles south from the city centre, near to the Royal Armouries Museum. Come along every Thursday for drop in tours showing the fantastic objects we hold (11am and 2pm) or book an appointment for a group tour (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm). Leeds Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB. www.leeds.gov.uk/discoverycentre

The internationally recognised Leeds Cancer Centre is one of the largest providers of cancer care in the UK. Delivering a comprehensive range of modern treatments, they are a world renowned specialist cancer centre for Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England. Their services are supported by the highly regarded treatment, research and academic activities of St James's Institute of Oncology. http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/a-z-of-services/leeds-cancer-centre

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