Opening night and preview: Thursday 5.30pm-8.30pm, 19 July 2018
Where: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE
Travel: Bus – 46 and 214. Tube – Mornington Crescent and King’s Cross. Overground - Camden Road
An annual multi-media exhibition hosted by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is this year emphasising the increasing support the Trust is providing for people's physical as well as their mental health.
Visitors to this year's "The Art of Caring" exhibition will be greeted by an eye-catching display representing the work of its Occupational Therapy team to support service users through weekly tennis sessions.
The tennis display, featuring sketches by artist Alban Low of service users and staff at play on the tennis court, is expect to be a key talking point at the event, which is the third annual collaboration between C&I, Kingston University and The Arts Project charity.
More than 30 artists will feature in the three month exhibition, representing the work of Trust service users and staff, as well as artists from the local community.
The core exhibition will be of original artwork presented as postcards and inspired by this year's International Nurses Day theme of "Nurses : A voice to lead - Health is a Human Right".
Speakers at the preview night include Caroline Harris-Birtles, C&I's Director of Nursing, Andrew Machin Associate Director of Charity Development and Project Manager at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, and Paul Newcombe Associate Professor at Kingston and St George's University's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.
This will be followed by live music from the Trust choir and solo sets by singing songwriter musicians Bee Ororo and Lucinda Seiger. By kind invitation of the organisers, the evening also incorporates a “Mental Health Matters” event – the early evening quarterly events for Trust members, including service users and staff which explore issues related to the care or understanding of mental health.
The exhibition at St Pancras Conference Centre features pithy, insightful comments from previous visitors to the gallery and artwork from more than 30 self-taught and professional artists. Artists from previous years returning with new work include Aran Illingworth, David Napier, Sara Bowman, Chris Bird, Jay Jay and Dawes Gray. There will also be artwork from C&I’s Stacey Street Nursing Home.
A short film about the art and artists at "The Art of Caring" made by filmmaker Anna Bowman will be premiered on the closing night on Thursday 19 October.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.