A display of vibrant, colourful needlework and fabric arts and crafts from more than 20 artists has been launched in the conference centre gallery at the St Pancras site of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
Entitled, The Sewing Circle Rethread 2017, the display includes poignant pieces about the plight of displaced refugees, a mother's love for her son on the brink of a dangerous health care procedure and mental health conditions including dementia.
There are also wall hangings, cushions, jewellery and a quirky shop window. The display, including some pieces by service users at the Trust, runs until Friday 12 January next year.
At an opening night event at St Pancras on Friday (10 November), the cat walk featured diverse entertainment including poetry recitals, torch song singing and a performance of art dance.
The programme culminated in a vivacious musical performance piece by dance artist Gaffy Gaffiero with creative artist fashionista Sue Kreitzman reciting her lyrics.
Peter Herbert, Curator Manager of charity The Arts Project, who designed the display and opening night, said: “The Sewing Circle Rethread returns two years after we introduced the concept of comparing traditional and contemporary aspects of needlework in the arts and crafts. Half of the original artists now return with new work.
“The result is an even more eclectic look at the use of needlework as a creative tool to express, through a range of creative expressions, the wide range of emotional and human experiences of our lives."
A splash of colour returns to the St Pancras site on Thursday 23 November, with the arrival of the “Meet the Artist Colour Walk” – a procession of artists that walks around key sites in London to celebrate art and fashion.
Anyone interested in joining is invited to meet at the giant Birdcage Swing outside King’s Cross rail station between 12.00 and 12.30pm for a gentle eight minute walk along the canal to the St Pancras gallery. Artists and walkers will be at the gallery until 5pm.
The afternoon will be filmed by film producer Anna Bowman as part of a film about The Sewing Circle Rethread.
The exhibition is supported by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Registered Charity: 1082989).
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About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2016/17 was £138million and we have approximately 2,000 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.