Two oil portraits of patients being cared for on South Wing about 40 years ago have been re-discovered and are on display as part of the Art of Caring exhibition at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
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. It’s thought the works have not been displayed in public for about 20 years.
The Art of Caring exhibition also features 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 opening event included Trust Chief Executive, Angela McNab, and Karen Norman, visiting Professor at the School of Nursing, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.
Angela McNab said: "It is wonderful to see so many works here, both from our Trust and beyond."
Professor Norman spoke about the charity, Nurses Reaching Out, which contributed works that use wool and needlework to create words reflecting the inspirational nursing-linked charity and its pioneering work in Africa.
The headline act at the opening event was the singer/songwriter Lucinda Sieger, who had a UK number one with the hit 40 Miles, and has worked with Leftfield and Bronski Beat.
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 is open Friday 19 July – Friday 4 October 2019, 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri (excluding Bank holidays).