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The Way Ahead

Exhibition - Preview

Introduction and key note speeches by Leisha Fullick, Chair of Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, and by Professor Sir Simon Wessely Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London.

When: Thursday 13/8/15 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: The Conference centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE

Travel: Bus – 46 and 214. Tube – Mornington Crescent Station and King’s Cross Station. Over ground - Camden Road Station 

The Way Ahead will exhibit artwork produced by veterans and serving men and women in order to raise awareness about the struggles they face during war and peace as well as revealing the value of the arts as a therapeutic and healing form of practice.

The exhibition is curated by The Arts Project for the London Veteran’s Services, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It brings together for the first time a range of organisations, including Combat Stress, Stoll and The Army Arts Society charities. All are striving to improve the physical, mental and spiritual lives of veterans and serving men and women from the military, navy and air force.

It will run from Friday 14 August – Thursday 22 October, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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Notes for editors

Contact Details:

C&I communications team: 020 3317 6291 / 07787 573 261

communications@candi.nhs.uk

SLAM communications team: 020 3228 2830

communications@slam.nhs.uk

The Arts Project Gallery and Sales: Peter Herbert 0207 916 8416

pbherbert@gmail.com

1.The Way Ahead will include artwork produced in art and occupational therapy as well as pieces created for recreational purposes. The work includes both raw and finished pieces of work which reveal a commitment to the healing power of art. The exhibition will showcase a range of media, including painting, poetry, photography, and sculpture. It will present over 30 pieces from organisations and individual artists linked by the experience of war.

2.The exhibition has been generously funded by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with the support of the London Veterans’ Assessment and Treatment Services (LVS) as well as the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. The exhibition utilises a valuable exhibition report by researcher Erika Teichert.

3.The exhibition preview will take place Thursday 13/8/15 at 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, including key note speeches at 6.00pm. The preview will include refreshments and live music from jazz chanteuse Florence Joelle and former soldier / art therapist performance artist Steve Pratt. Open to all but please RSVP to The Arts Project.

4.Selected work will be for sale. The prices include artists’ donations to related Charitable Funds.

5.Further events around the exhibition will be organised, such as talks, seminars and film screenings. For further information, please contact The Arts Project.

6.The Way Ahead aims to support the creation of an Arts Therapy Unit for veterans and serving men and women at St Pancras Hospital. For more information contact cassandra.mclaughlin@candi.nhs.uk

7.The Way Ahead art exhibition will run from Friday 14th August to Friday the 22nd October and is the summer exhibition in a Four Season’s programme of exhibitions curated by The Arts Project at St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre.

8.For further links, please refer to:

www.londonveterans.nhs.uk

 www.museumofthemind.org.uk

www.candi.nhs.uk www.slam.nhs.uk

www.combatstress.org.uk

www.armyartssociety.org

The Arts Project is supported by The North London NHS Charitable Fund Registered number 1053769.

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