A collection of artwork, showing the beauty of the Isle of Wight, its coastline and some of its birdlife, is on public display at Mountbatten Hospice.

The artist Christina Phillips is also currently on placement at Mountbatten as a trainee bereavement counsellor. She trained at Camberwell Schools of Art in her twenties, and painting and drawing has been an important part of her life since.

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Christina said:

“Many of my paintings are an exploration in capturing the effects of light on water; whereas in my recent works, the presence of the elegant egrets symbolise my spiritual views on the journey we make through life.”

Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten Chief Executive, said:

“Whether it’s singing together in our Mountbatten community choir, making memories at one of our music concerts, or patients and families enjoying our music and art therapies, the creative arts form such an important part of what we do. Our art gallery is an opportunity for everyone to relax, experience new perspectives and take a moment to reflect on something other than our daily lives.”

Anyone visiting the new art display can also take the chance to experience Mountbatten’s recently refurbished café which is open to the general public, as well as tour the relaxing gardens including the award-winning Chelsea Garden and children’s playground.

The art gallery is open to everyone and 20% of all sales will be donated to Mountbatten.

It is open between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and can be found at the back of the hospice opposite the Chapel.

There is also an opportunity to view the art gallery during the interval of Mountbatten’s folk night featuring Mick Sands and the Rolling Wave, which takes place in the John Cheverton Centre from 7:30pm on Thursday 5 September.

Admission to the concert is £10 and includes wine and canapés. There is no need to book, just turn up on the night