Hospital Rooms

Evening to celebrate the completion of the latest Hospital Rooms project

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 6-8pm

Anna Barriball, Rachael Champion, Steve Macleod, Tim A Shaw, Bob and Roberta Smith, Mark Titchner and Antony Gormley

Please join us on 5 December 2018, 6 – 8pm at Unit 1 Gallery I Workshop,
1 Bard Rd, London W10 6TP to celebrate the completion of the Hospital Rooms project at Bluebell Lodge .

The exhibition will showcase images of the artworks created for the unit alongside artwork made by residents during our workshops. We will also have a range of Hospital Rooms merchandise to kick off your Christmas shopping and support a good cause at the same time!

Hospital Rooms’ 6th project has taken place with Bluebell Lodge at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. We have commissioned 6 world class artists to co-produce highly inventive, compelling and NHS compliant artistic environments for the unit in partnership with mental health service users, carers and mental health professionals through tailored arts sessions. The Bluebell Lodge provides locked rehabilitation care to men aged 18 – 65 who have severe and ongoing mental illness and who have found other units unable to meet their needs. The average stay of patients is between 6 and 18 months.

This project aims to overcome the severe inequality of opportunity to access the arts and creative activity faced by men in long stay locked mental health units, to make this unit environment more conducive to recovery, and to promote social interaction, inclusion and connectedness in this particularly segregated and vulnerable group of people.

Antony Gormley has kindly donated a work to Hospital Rooms that will also be displayed in the unit. This project is funded by Arts Council England and Cornish fashion brand Seasalt who are supporting the participation of artist Anna Barriball. In addition, Colart are generously donating all the necessary art materials for the project through their brand Liquitex.

Artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White founded Hospital Rooms after a close friend was sectioned and admitted to a mental health hospital. On visiting her, they were shocked to find that the hospital environment was cold and clinical at a time when she was so vulnerable. Having worked in the arts for 10 years each, they felt they had the skills and community to be able to transform these spaces with high quality artworks. In 2016, Dr Emma Whicher (now one of Hospital Rooms’ trustees) gave them the opportunity to run their first proejct at the Phoenix Unit, a rehabilitation unit for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. They commissioned Nick Knight, Gavin Turk, Assemble among other wolrd class artists to work with patients and staff to create site specific artwork for the ward. The project received national press attention and Hospital Rooms has been inundated with requests for projects ever since. So far, Hospital Rooms has undertaken a number of acclaimed projects, completed in some of the most challenging mental health settings. They have worked with everyone from adolescents in severe mental health crisis to older people with dementia as well as Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and longer-term locked rehabilitation environments.