Damien Hirst donates artwork to Sheffield hospitals

Damien Hirst has donated an artwork to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals which he created to show his appreciation for the work done by NHS staff during the pandemic.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 2:58 pm

The artwork, titled Butterfly Rainbow, was unveiled at the Northern General Hospital on Wednesday May 19 and will be permanently displayed at the main entrance of the Huntsman building at the Northern General Hospital.

It was one of more than 60 prints offered to various hospital Trusts across the country, and is made up of bands of coloured butterfly wings, one of the world famous artist’s best‐known motifs.

Prints were offered for sale at the start of the pandemic and all profits, a total of £1,508,172, from the sales of Butterfly Rainbow were donated to NHS Charities Together, the organisation that represents and supports the official NHS charities working across the UK.

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CEO Kirsten Major and Sheffield Hospitals Charity Finance Director Chris Anthony with the recently unveiled artwork

Damien Hirst said: “I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis. The rainbow is a sign of hope and I’m so pleased to have released these prints to help fund the brilliant work being done by NHS staff across the country.”

The unveiling was attended by Kirsten Major, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Kirsten said “I was absolutely delighted today to be able to unveil one of the limited edition prints created by Damien Hirst in appreciation of the NHS and all it has done through the pandemic.

Butterfly Rainbow by Damien Hirst

"It is located at the main entrance to the Huntsman Building at the Northern General Hospital, one of our very highest levels of footfall and so will be seen by large numbers of people.

"The Butterfly Rainbow captures perfectly the support shown by the public for the NHS throughout the pandemic and we are so pleased to have received it and to be able to put on show in such a prominent location in Sheffield.”

Chris Anthony, director of finance at the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, was also present, and said: "If the past year has shown us anything it is the dedication of our amazing NHS heroes and this has been symbolised by the Rainbow so this painting will be a lasting tribute to that."