Brian’s Heart Transplant


In 2013 my now husband Brian suffered a severe heart attack while we were on holiday on the Isle of Islay. He was helicoptered to the National Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank. Many months of uncertainty followed.

When palliative care was introduced, we got married in an emergency wedding in hospital.

However, after 101 days of critical illness on the Intensive Care Unit, he underwent a heart transplant which saved his life.

Brian is also an artist and both our artwork is often influenced by these experiences.  At the time, I documented his journey towards recovery through photography.

Our joint art exhibition THE SHARED HEART deals with our personal experiences during this traumatic time. It combines 25 portrait paintings by Brian of some of his life savers and a large self-portrait, my photography of his recovery and my sculptures through which I expressed my emotional turmoil during this difficult time.

It was first shown during the Southside Fringe Festival in Glasgow in May 2015

In June 2015, we were invited to show  THE SHARED HEART at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, where it was visited by HRH The Prince of Wales on his official tour of the hospital.

HRH Prince Charles visits The Shared Heart exhibition and meets artists Brian and Bibo Keeley

Prince Charles with Brian Keeley and Bibo Keeley THE SHARED HEART exhibition GOLDEN JUBILEE HOSPITAL Clydebank

In between the two exhibitions, I was one of six selected artists to show my work in a solo-show during the COAST Festival of the Arts in Banff and Macduff (North-East Scotland) as part of Lighted Rooms in Macduff Town Hall. I called this exhibition LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.



SCOTLAND on SUNDAY Newspaper, 21 June 2015

Brian Keeley and Bibo Keeley SCOTLAND on SUNDAY, 21 June 2015“AMONG Bibo Keeley’s most cherished possessions is a photograph of her husband Brian standing waist-deep in the sea off Islay, his arms stretched upwards in a gesture of utter joy. It was taken on 23 July, 2013 and it is the last picture in which his torso is unmarked by scars…”  To read the full three-page-feature by Dani Garavelli, please follow the link below:

BBC Radio Scotland: Bibo and Brian Keeley talked about The Shared Heart and its background story on the Kaye Adams Programme, 25 June 2015

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Article in Aberdeen Voice, 22 May 2015

Aberdeen-based artists Brian and Bibo Keely have turned a major life event into an exhibition of portraiture and sculpture which is optimistic, personal, educational and aesthetically wonderful.  By Suzanne Kelly

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Front page of The Press and Journal, 20 December 2013

Bibo Keeley and Brian Keeley The Press and Journal front pageThe photo used here is our wedding photograph. We were married on the intensive care unit when doctors thought that Brian would not survive, because he was too ill to undergo a life-saving heart-transplant.

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