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Devon nurse shares tribal experience

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Reg Barker has brought his experiences of tribes in New Guinea to the walls of his trust.

Mr Barker (pictured), a paediatric staff nurse at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has regularly revisited these rainforests over the past 20 years. Photographs of his most recent trip are now on display at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital thanks to a grant from Exeter Arts Council.

‘To see my photos on display is fantastic,’ he said. ‘It’s great that the hospital displays artwork within the building, it brightens up the corridors, providing a better atmosphere and gives the public something different and interesting to look at.’

Stephen Pettet-Smith, Exeter Healthcare Arts Manager and Arts Council Chairman, said: ‘The images that Reg exhibits are really extraordinary. He’s become so familiar with the tribes-people that they are not aware of the camera.

‘I hope the staff, patients and visitors will be as intrigued as I am and enjoy the work as much as I do,’ he added.


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