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The Red Nasturtium





Scope and Content:

Painting by Raymond Campbell, titled 'The Red Nasturtium.' Oil on canvas, 2020. Depicts diverse healthcare practitioners, including consultants, support services, and Northern Ireland Ambulance raising the National Health Service (NHS) flag. The painting was inspired by the artist's family as well as his wife Ericka Campbell and her family, who all worked at the frontline of the NHS during the Covid19 pandemic. It was presented to Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust during a Red Nasturtium themed coffee morning.

The painting was displayed in the Head Office of the Western Health and Social Care Trust with a plaque reading: "The Red Nasturtium symbolizes, passion, courage and strength, attributes found in all NHS staff. The painting depicts the NHS as a team working together in all their capacities as one, giving of themselves to ensure that the sick and vulnerable have someone who will always be there for them, working tirelessly to overcome the chaos. The flag is planted and will not be defeated, the Red Nasturtium and what it means, takes root and spreads hope everywhere. Taken from Rosenthal's (1945) photograph, 'The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima,' to demonstrate the teamwork involved."


Northern Ireland Political Collection, Western Health and Social Care Trust,

Copyright Holder:

Raymond Campbell


Health, Health Care, Covid, Workers, Art, Artists, Arts