A north-east art gallery hailed the first of its kind in the world has been given a boost of £77,000.
The Suttie Space opened at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary last year, and is thought to be the first purpose-built art gallery in an acute hospital setting.
Charity Grampian Hospital Arts Trust opened the space, which holds around 43,000 artworks of local interest, to inject colour and creativity into hospitals around the north-east.
And now the collection will be able to grow, thanks to a £77,000 donation from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an organisation that issues grants to a variety of innovative projects that will improve lives.
Sally Thomson, chief executive of the hospital arts trust, said: “It is an exciting time for us and we will be looking at the most effective ways to invest the funding to, not only achieve the best for the patients, visitors and staff of NHS Grampian but also the wider public audience of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
“We will review our plans on an on-going basis to collate all our activities and learn from the experiences of best practice.”
Dorothee Irving, grants officer at the foundation, said she was delighted they were able to support the charity and the Suttie Space.
“We are delighted to be supporting GHAT at this exciting stage of their development,” she said.
“We believe that this innovative programme has the potential to be a model case study in a number of different areas such as arts in healthcare settings, socially-engaged practice, community arts and collection management.”