Arts for Health MK: Blog


Artists’ Health and Wellbeing Booklet
14 June 2024

Our Impact Leaflet - Download
04 June 2024

20th Anniversary Event
25 May 2024

New Artwork for MKUH Collection
25 May 2024

Spring Newsletter 2024
16 May 2024

Project Update:
Creative Play - Music and Song
07 May 2024

Project Update: Headstart
02 May 2024

Impact of The Collection
01 May 2024

Twenty for Twenty
28 March 2024

New Artworks on Loan from Paintings in Hosptials
27 March 2024

IATE Student Art Therapist - Julie Laugere

26 March 2024

Call for Creative Courtyard Volunteers
14 March 2024

Winter Newsletter 2024
30 January 2024

A Supportive Conversation with Dr Esther Aslan 
26 January 2024

Feel Good Foods Cookbook
21 November 2023

AGM 22nd Nov 2023
2 November 2023

Music workshops
24 August 2023

AHA Inclusivity & Diversity Badge
20 July 2023

Gill Quinnell - degree show
20 June 2023

Summer Newsletter
16 June 2023

Courtyards Update
6 June 2023

Movement and Dance with Kate Taylor - Taster Session
9 May 2023

Artist’s Listening Event
20 March 2023

Winter Newsletter
8 December 2022

Drumming Circle

6 December 2022

Courtyards Update
1 November 2022

MK DAD 2022
14 July 2022

Our First Newsletter
16 June 2022

Art Psychotherapy
20 May 2022

Exploring Identities
10 May 2022

Peter-Randall Page Sculpture 
March 2022

Trustee Vacancy
16th July 2021

MKDAD 2021
14 July 2021


12th April 2021

Programme Update
5th February 2021

Exhibition MK Gallery Project Space
Update 1 December 2020
Update 5th November 2020

16th October 2020

Heritage Open Days 2020
11-20 September 2020

We are recruiting:  Freelance Fundraiser 
15th July 2020

Jazz Moreton Spaghetti For Two:
MKDAD 2020
13th July 2020

Call for Entries:
Arts for Health MK Gallery – Online

24th April 2020

Online Resources
- we would love to hear your feedback

March 2020

Covid-19 virus statement
and effects on Arts for Health MK public activities

March 2020

New art exhibition from paintings in hospitals
November 2019

Call for Entries:
Exhibit at Milton Keynes University Hospital

September 2019

Call for Artists:
MKDAD Open Art Exhibition

June 2019

Artist profile: Bill Billings
June 2018

Feature Friday: Hannah Wilson 2018

Gill Quinnell - BA (Hons) degree show

20 June 2023

Gill is currently studying BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Drawing at the University of Northampton. She has experience of many techniques and media, with drawing being her specialism.

She volunteers with two local charities in the arts sector, focusing on young people, mental health and curation. One of the charities is Arts for Health MK! Gills helps the Collections and Exhibitions Manager with the care of the hospital art Collection.

Duplicitous waves:
Saunders Waterford paper, A2, 300gsm, hot pressed, white. Black Unipin fineliner, 1.0mm + 0.5mm.

Gill's process uses rules and controlled, almost identical lines to create an unplanned image.  She chooses archival quality paper and pens, and a pertinent starting image. 

As she draw to her rules, she feels calm and focused, then the rhythmic and incantatory motions take over her conscious thoughts.  It intrigues her that these lines – whilst drawn on a 2D surface - create 3D landscapes, dreamscapes, mental escapes, or …..?

Saunders Waterford paper, A3, 300gsm, hot pressed, cold pressed. Purple Sakura Pigma Micron fineliner, 0.25mm.

Creativity has been a constant in her life, even during her careers in the Finance and Education industries, and raising a family, she painted and drew for pleasure.  She then took the opportunity to fully pursue her creative abilities.

She completed the foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Milton Keynes College before enrolling on her degree course.

Saunders Waterford paper, A3, 300gsm, hot pressed, cream. Sakura Pigma Micron fineliners, 0.45mm.

At university, she has been afforded the time and space to investigate her skills and experiences, challenge her preconceptions, push her boundaries, then hone her resulting strengths.

Sketchbook paper. Dip pen and ink, various colours.

During these studies, she took inspiration and reference from artists who also, either fill the page with subconscious, intricate marks, like Madge Gill and Unica Zurn, or use rules like Bridget Riley and Sol LeWitt.  

Responding to the text “Line Let Loose:  Scribbling, Doodling and Automatic Drawing” by David Maclagen, she challenged herself to consider the psychology of ‘meta-doodling’, which led to a richer appreciation and distillation of her work.

Here is an invitation to Gill’s degree show which starts this Friday at the University of Northampton:

To get in contact with Gill:

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