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The Art of Caring

Portrait by Jane Allison

Two oil portraits of patients being cared for on South Wing about 40 years ago have been re-discovered and will go on display as part of the latest Art of Caring exhibition which opens at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday 18 July.

The paintings are from a series featuring elderly residents and staff painted by Jane Allison when she was an artist-in-residence for Camden Primary Care Trust in the 1980s and 1990s. Until now, they had been stored carefully in Jane's garden shed.

A selection of other images from the series will be displayed, recreated on postcards. It’s thought the original works have not been displayed in public for about 20 years.

The Art of Caring exhibition will also feature powerful photographs by Inès Elsa Dalal, celebrating the Windrush Generation’s contribution to the NHS. The installation has toured the country since being commissioned to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS last year.

The Art of Caring 2019 is the fourth collaboration between C&I, Kingston University and The Arts Project, and includes artwork from more than 30 exhibitors including members of the local community, service users, self-taught, professional and outsider artists inspired by thoughts, ideas and feelings related to the theme 'Health for All'.

Artists from previous years returning with new work include Aran Illingworth, Danny Mooney, Caroline Kirton, David Napier, J. R. Joy, Caroline Streatfield and Dawes Gray. This year there are also works from C&I Trust artists László Mihaly and Sybil Adelaja and by new artists, including Athena Barka and Grace Currie.

Speakers at the preview will include Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab, and Professor Karen Norman, visiting Professor at the School of Medicine, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, who will present the award to the winning entry. This year’s winner is a collaboration between Art of Caring and the charity, Nurses Reaching Out, which incorporates the use of woollen needlework and text to reflect the inspirational nursing-linked charity and its pioneering work in Africa.

The evening offers musical entertainment from violinist Matt Grabham with blues and soul singer, Bee Ororo, and friends headlining the event.

The event is part of C&I’s Mental Health Matters programme and all Trust members are welcome.

Anna Bowman, a filmmaker and an exhibitor in this year’s exhibition, is making a short documentary about the art and artists of The Art of Caring, to be premiered on the closing night, Friday 4 October 2019.

The exhibition preview will take place on Thursday 18 July 5.30pm - 8.30pm with speeches followed by live entertainment.

The exhibition is open Friday 19 July – Friday 4 October 2019, 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri (excluding Bank holidays).

Anna Bowman, a filmmaker and an exhibitor in this year’s exhibition, is making a short documentary about the art and artists of The Art of Caring, to be premiered on the closing night, Friday 4 October 2019.

The exhibition preview will take place on Thursday 18 July 5.30pm - 8.30pm with speeches ollowed by live entertainment.

The exhibition is open Friday 19 July – Friday 4 October 2019, 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri (excluding Bank holidays).

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