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Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition

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."

Visit the Loudest Whispers art exhibition

Conference Centre corridor, St Pancras Hospital,
St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE

2017 Loudest Whispers event

Notes to Editors

  • The Mayor of Camden, Nadia Shah, will formally open proceeding, at 6.45pm.  
  • RSVP: If you would like to attend Friday’s event, or have any questions about the exhibition, please contact:  Angela Boon, Head of Communications and Engagement at Camden and Islington NHS Trust on 020 3317 7236 or Peter Herbert, Curator Manager, Arts Project: 0207 916 8416. Email: pbherbert@gmail.com
  • LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance 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
  • For Facebook: visit the Loudest Whispers Facebook page here and visit the Arts Projects Facebook page here.
  • Extra event: Friday, 10 February at 6pm: There will be a film screening in the Conference Centre at St Pancras Hospital, NW1 0PE, introduced by LGBT historian, Val Remy, and film archivist Peter Herbert. Stephen Haupt' s ‘The Circle’ is both a real love story and a fascinating history lesson about the first  European gay rights organisation to emerge from the aftermath of WW2. 15 CERT. 2014. Running time: 102 minutes

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 2016/16 was £138million and we have approximately 1,700 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.

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