3 February 2017
On Friday, 3 February we welcomed the Loudest Whispers art exhibition to St Pancras Hospital to mark the nationwide Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) History Month.
Mayor of Camden, Nadia Shah, opened the exhibition and musician and comic, Alex Green, introduced an alternative Good Old Days Variety Show. This included acts by performance artist Tensini Jones, poetess Sarah Caulfield, western gals, Sarah Vista and The Sheriff, singer songwriter Gladwin and the legend of Club Kali.
The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial de-criminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. One of the highlights is an installation entitled “38 Green Carnations” by Peter Herbert with Fionn Wilson, that reflects on the incarceration of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol in 1895.
The exhibition includes a major tribute to the South African abstract painter, Bev Meyers, who died in 2016 and who was a key artist in Loudest Whispers exhibitions.
The lauch event was organised by The Arts Project team which was established in 2003 by curator manager, Peter Herbert, who worked previously at the Trust as a records manager. A donation from revenue from the sales of artwork from the event will go to The North London NHS Charitable Fund, which supports the gallery space at the hospital.
Explaining the importance of the launch event, Peter said: “Loudest Whispers continues to support a wide range of LGBT artists from our community and provides a confident space for artists presenting work in public for the first time as well as professional and self-taught outsider artists returning with developments in artworks.
“The resonance this year, is that originally homosexuality was considered a crime and illness which carried mental health stigmas, creating historical and contemporary relevance for Mental Health Organisations in England and Wales."
Conference Centre corridor, St Pancras Hospital,
St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE