Around 400 art lovers visited Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) last Friday (2 February) to enjoy an exuberant display of artwork to mark the start of National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) History Month.
For the ninth annual Loudest Whispers art exhibition, 37 professional and self-taught artists took up this year’s challenge on the topic of “Mapping the LGBT World”, to depict different regional and international attitudes towards LGBT issues and themes.
The evening was opened by Mayor of Camden, Richard Cotton (pictured above with Trust Chair, Lesiha Fullick), bringing his own outstanding dash of style in a flamboyant pink suit.
The exhibition includes artwork from Achiu Art, whose creation “Mapping the World” (pictured right) depicts the wide view of LGBT’s rights across the globe;
Luis Ruocco who explores the hope for recognition of human rights in his piece “Men on the moon, transgenders of the world” (pictured below) and Geoff Titley, who explores digital media and its impact on our realities.
Complementing the artwork, revellers were treated to live performances in a show which included thought-provoking musical entertainment and poetry recitals, with special guests and voices representing the streets of London.
The event was organised by The Arts Project team, a charity which was established in 2003 by curator manager, Peter Herbert.
Talking about this year’s theme, he explained: “This exhibition reflects how our world often looks and feels as if it’s in a state of chaos, linked to changing political concepts and the growth of technology in our lives.”
The exhibition is supported by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Registered Charity:
1082989) and Camden LGBT Forum (Registered Charity: 1107855)
Admission to the exhibition is free and is open to visitors until Thursday 19 April 2018. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, excluding Bank Holidays.
Notes to Editors
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual celebration
of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed in the UK to coincide with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28.
Camden LGBT Forum continues to present the largest of these programmes in the UK in collaboration with Islington Council as ‘Camden and Islington LGBT History Month’. For details of the full programme go to: www.camdenlgbtforum.org.uk For details of the national organisation go to: www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk
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About Camden and Islington NHS Trust
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2016/17 was £138million and we have approximately 2,000 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.