Many of our staff, service users, carers and wider Camden and Islington community will have attended the fantastic Loudest Whispers Exhibition launch events held at St Pancras Hospital over recent years as part of the LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the launch event will be held online on Friday 5 February at 6.30pm. You can attend the event by clicking on this link to the Forum+ YouTube channel.
The exhibition, which features artwork from 38 artists, will be running online until late July 2021. Please note there is access to the exhibition but it is not complete and is a work in progress until the official launch on Friday 5 January.
Peter Herbert, Curator Manager for The Arts Project, said: "This year is our 13th exhibition in partnership with Forum+. The 38 artists are a mix of trained, self-taught, new and established, with every artist exploring the 'Body, Spirit and Mind' theme.
"The surprise is how well this year's exhibition works, as we have moved our physical gallery at SPH into an online display with a virtual online walk through gallery. There is no denying that Loudest Whispers is true to its name and reveals that whatever the challenge, LGBTQ+ creativity is alive and thriving."
This very special launch event is free and open to all. Award winning hosts Christopher Hamilton and Shimi Goodman will be joined by special guests Nicole Faraday, Mzz Kimberley and Professor of Whimsy Robert Garnham.
We will certainly miss seeing all the fantastic costumes, performances and artwork in person but the online event will be a great way to launch the exhibition and celebrate 2021’s LGBTQ+ History Month.
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.