George Wagstaffe Retrospective

In 2013 the Trust hosted its first major art exhibition, with 14 Sculptural works and 12 paintings by Coventry artist George Wagstaffe. George is best known for his commissioned works for the redevelopment of Coventry City Centre in the 1960s, including the Phoenix in Hertford Street, later becoming the emblem of the precinct. Phoenix represented a new beginning for Coventry, a rebirth for a city devastated by war. The theme of rebirth and healing was reflected in his works which formed this retrospective exhibition.

The exhibition was a big success, urging the public to see the hospital as a creative space. As a thank you to the Healing Arts Programme George has donated one of his sculptures for long term display at University Hospital. In addition the programme has acquired 5 paintings for the fifth floor corridor.