Saturday, 12 May 2018

The Art of Caring celebrates International Nurses Day 2018

Today we celebrated International Nurses Day at the Art of Caring exhibition in St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, UK. The exhibition looked fabulous on the walls, and we had plenty of visitors stop to take a look. The postcard artworks have been exhibited together in small groups, while the haikus and aphorisms are written on placards carried by small figures underneath.

The Art of Caring received 330 submissions on the subject of Care and Caring from more than 170 artists. Much of the work was influenced by this year’s International Nurses Day theme ‘Health is a Human Right’.

Today the Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings, thanked all nurses for their significant contribution in providing safe, effective, compassionate care for patients and those they care for.

"It fills me with pride when I see the fantastic work and world class care provided by nurses across the country and International Nurses Day (IND) is the perfect opportunity to recognise their amazing contribution to health and care globally."

You can see the Art of Caring exhibition outside Ingredients Restaurant, First Floor, Lanesborough Wing, St George's Hospital until the 30th May 2018. The restaurant has over 12,000 visitors a week so I'm sure you'll be rubbing shoulders with nurses, doctors, porters, and patients as you view the artwork.

A portfolio of images from the Art of Caring exhibition at St George's Hospital can be viewed HERE.

Bryan Benge
Thank you Bryan Benge, Alban Low and Anna Bowman for setting up the exhibition on the 10th May.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Art of Caring 2018 at St George's Hospital

We're back! The Art of Caring is just days away and we've got a fine array of art and pithy wordplay to help celebrate International Nurses Day. This year we'll be exhibiting over 200 artworks and 100+ poems/aphorisms from the 10th - 30th May 2018. Come and view the exhibition on the First Floor (outside Ingredients Restaurant), Lanesborough Wing, St George's Hospital, Tooting, UK.

Now in its fourth year the Art of Caring received over 320 submissions on the subject of Care and Caring. The exhibition celebrates International Nurses Day on the 12th May 2018, and this year’s theme is ‘Health is a Human Right’. It includes the work of creative people of all ages, from artists to nurses, and from people who have experience of being a carer and/or a service user.

All the artworks are exhibited as postcard sized images. After the exhibition closes at St George's Hospital (on the 30th May) it will travel to St Pancras Hospital where we exhibit original art in different sizes, formats, and materials alongside some of the postcards. The Private View at St Pancras will be on the 19th July 2018 and will be a fantastic affair, hosted by curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay.

Two prizes have been very generously donated by staff at the Faculty of Health, Social Care, and Education at Kingston University and St George's University, London. We will be announcing the winners of the Art prize and the Aphorism prize in a few weeks time.

Considering the theme of the Art of Caring exhibition and the great feedback we received from people last year, the Arts department at St George’s Hospital have selected some of their favourite postcard sized artworks to be included in the exhibition celebrating the NHS 70th at St George’s Hospital. The exhibition starts at the end of June 2018, more info to follow.


A list of the all the artists exhibiting can be found on the AOC artists page.



The poster image from Danny Mooney ('Say no to hidden suffering') was selected by members of the Kingston University Nursing Society. Thank you to Paul Newcombe, Dr Karen Norman, Dr Julia Gale, and Kingston University & St George's, University of London for supporting the exhibition.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Art and Aphorism Prizes at Art of Caring 2018

Alban Low at Kingston University 09/02/2018
International Nurses Day 2018
Nurses: A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right

The 2018 ‘Art of Caring’ exhibition got off to a great start on 9 February, with over 200 nursing students tapping into their creative juices to produce great art and inspirational writing: all freshly squeezed from a half hour workshop led by Alban Low, Kingston University Artist in Residence. Alban painted his own artwork live on stage to mark the theme of this years International Nurses day: Nurses: A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right.

Alban was joined by Prof Karen Norman, who opened this years writing competition, and invited participants to create an ‘aphorism' on the same theme. Karen explained that the word ‘aphorism’ historically referred to the medical rules written by Hippocrates. Nowadays, it’s defined ‘a concise expression of doctrine or principle of any generally accepted truth conveyed in a pithy, memorable statement.’ (Or, as Karen said, a more pithy definition might be ‘pearls of knowledge.’) A good example is Florence Nightingale’s famous aphorism: ‘Hospitals should do the sick no harm.’

Students were asked to:
1)Pick a topic for their aphorism, which fitted in with the theme: Nurses: A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right

2) Identify the audience for their ‘pearl of knowledge.’ (which might include patients, peers, managers, policy makers, loved ones)

3) Compose a one-line aphorism

All entries to the art and aphorism competition received by 6th April 2018 will be judged by a panel of student nurses from the Kingston University Nursing Society. £50 prizes will be awarded for the best artwork and the best aphorism.

All entries will be displayed at the Art of Caring exhibition at St George's Hospital (10th-30th May 2018). Both competitions are open to all-so what are you waiting for?

If you would like to enter the competition and exhibition then send your images and/or aphorisms to collectconnect4@gmail.com by 6th April 2018 and you might win a £50 prize!




Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Submissions Open for 2018 - Health is a Human Right

Now in its 4th year The Art of Caring is needed more than ever to show support for Nurses, Carers, and the NHS. This is your chance to exhibit an artwork or haiku that demonstrates your passion for this theme. If this is your first time then check out Anna Bowman's documentary film about last year's exhibition HERE.

The Art of Caring is split into two clear exhibitions.
The first is at St George's Hospital (10th-30th May 2018) where printed postcards of your artwork are displayed on the walls of the hospital to help celebrate International Nurses Day. This is an inclusive exhibition.
The second is at St Pancras Hospital (July - October 2018) and uses a mixture of original artworks and printed postcards. Works will be selected by the
Arts Project curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay.

It is Free to enter.
Send up to 3 jpeg images at an A6 size to collectconnect4@gmail.com
and/or send a haiku to the same email address

We are looking for artworks/poems about Care and/or Caring but also consider the theme for International Nurses Day this year..... Health is a Human Right.

You will receive a confirmation email within 7 days with your catalogue/exhibition numbers.
Before the exhibition we will print 2 postcards of each of your artworks. One copy will be sent to you and the other will be exhibited at St George's Hospital, Tooting, UK from the 10th-30th May, 2018.

For the full details about how to submit your work visit our SUBMIT page.
Deadline for submissions is 6th April 2017
(We may close early if all 400 exhibition spaces are filled)

Alban Low, Bryan Benge, Dean Reddick and Stuart Simler

The exhibition is once again kindly supported by Supported by Kingston University and St George's, University of London



Monday, 30 October 2017

Art of Caring film night

The Art of Caring closed on October 19th 2017 at St Pancras Hospital with a wonderful night of artistic goodbyes, where fresh ideas flowed forth and future plans were laid. It was an opportunity for artists to collect their work and for the buyers to take their treasured purchases home.


Anna Bowman premiered her brilliant short film about the 2017 Art of Caring exhibition. Curated by Peter Herbert, the Gallery exhibition expands CollectConnect's St George's Hospital Art of Caring show, held in connection with International Nursing Day. As you probably already know Alban and the CollectConnect team started the annual Art of Caring exhibition in 2015. The film gives us a unique insight into the exhibition and we also meet nine of the 35 artists whose work is on show at the Gallery, St Pancras Hospital and see many of the 200 postcards and haikus first displayed at St George's Hospital.

We hope the future of the Art of Caring is secure and we'll return in 2018.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Art of Caring opens ay St Pancras Hospital

Ella Penn
Last night (20/07/2017) we officially opened the Art of Caring at St Pancras Hospital with a fantastic summer's evening of wine and song. The exhibition started as a postcard show at St George's Hospital way back in May but here it took on a new life. St Pancras curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay brought together many of the postcards again but also a healthy slice of original work by the artists involved.

There were many eye-catching contributions, including David Marron's Fentanyl Dreams, and Mark Carr's two paintings from his Cup of Life series. Two sculptural pieces which captured the attention of the Private View revellers were Louise O'Boyle's glass domed world and the Melanie Ezra and Graham Parker hand that reached out from beyond the a mirror. Once again Herbert and Harper-Gay had engineered an artistic exhibition that broke boundaries, creating a new exciting physical space but also an emotional world that talked of compassion and shared experience.

artwork by
Melanie Ezra and
Graham Parker
Many of the artists exhibiting were also in attendance. This was Caroline Streatfield Chalk's first exhibition with CollectCollect, while Ella Penn is a die-hard of the CollectConnect inclusive genre and has been exhibiting with us for more than 5 years. Penn had brought along Freya, the subject of her Alopecia Tableau, to join in the opening night celebrations. Aran Illingworth had sold two of her beautiful textile pieces by the end of the night, as had the famous Stuckist and Outsider artist John Sheehy. Chris Brown and Dean Reddick chatted amiably to the gallery visitors, and David Napier was on hand to demonstrate his ceramic chessboard/backgammon set.

The Sensory Garden was full of visitors and just by its entrance was Jill Rock and her challenging work Duty of Care. Many more of the artists were in attendance, thank you to everyone who was there to make this night such a success. We had speeches from Caroline Harris-Birtles (C&I Director of Nursing) Andrew Machin, (Associate Director and Charity Development Project Manager from The Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust NHS Charitable Fund) and Paul Newcombe (Pre -Registration Nursing Course Leader at St George’s Hospital and Kingston University).

Sarah Vista
We were treated to a live set of original country and western ballads from The Sarah Vista Social Club (with Jeff Mead). It was an evening both of celebration and though provoking pathos, many of the artists were explicit in their support for Nurses and NHS, with artworks that highlighted the political and financial threats that currently harry the profession.

Once again thank you all for supporting the Art of Caring. The exhibition runs until the 19th October at CONFERENCE CENTRE GALLERY, ST PANCRAS HOSPITAL, 4 ST PANCRAS WAY
LONDON, NW1 OPE. Please go an visit.

You can see a selection of photos by following this LINK.

See you next year.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Art of Caring 2017 at St Pancras Hospital



We're putting the finishing touches to this year's Art of Caring at St Pancras Hospital, another fantastic exhibition that combines original artwork and postcard art from around the world. The first exhibition at St George's Hospital was very much appreciated by staff and patients in May and this is another opportunity to celebrate the work of Carers, Nurses and the NHS.

I hope you'll all join us on Thursday 20th July from 5.30pm -8.30pm for the Private View. There will be refreshments and entertainment. St Pancras Hospital curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay have chosen a selection of original artwork to go alongside many of the postcards that were originally exhibited at St George's Hospital. We couldn't have a Private View at St George's so please come along on the 20th July to St Pancras and meet everyone who has been involved in the exhibition in 2017.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, until October 19th. Last year we had a closing event with a talk from artists and a film screening too. If we have a Closing Event this year I'll let everyone know.

Venue
CONFERENCE CENTRE GALLERY
ST PANCRAS HOSPITAL
4 ST PANCRAS WAY
LONDON NW1 OPE

Friday 21 July - Thursday 19 October 2017
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Opening Night
Thursday 20 July 2017
5.30pm-8.30pm

Travel: Bus 46/214, Tube: Kings Cross, Overground: Camden Road
CONTACT ARTS PROJECT -  Elaine Harper-Gay at theartsproject1@gmail.com 
Peter Herbert 020 7916 841



Artists that have been selected by Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay for the St Pancras Art of Caring 2017 exhibition are -

Alban Low
Amal Haibe
Angelina Lawson
Ann Froggatt
Ann Kopka
Anne Guest
Antoinette Brown
Aran Illingworth
Ashley Passwater
Barbara Usher
Ben Ransome
Beth Louella
Bogusie Redford
Brittany Isom
Bryan Benge
Carmel Blackie
Carol Blues
Caroline Kirton
Caroline Streatfield Chalk
Chris Brown
Christen Trogolo DNP Student
Claire Leboutet
Dane B.
Danny Mooney
David Baker
David Lim
David Marron
David Napier
Dawes Gray
Dean Reddick
Diana Trinca
Dominic O'Ryan
Doreen E. Aidoo
Dorie Ellis
Ella Penn
Esperanza Tielbaard
Fiona Cosgrove
Graham ParkerGloria Eisen BSN Student
Helen Attwood
Iffy Ali
Imogen Perkin
Jae J. Rhee
James Whatley
Jane Lambert
Jasmin Bowen
Jelena JovanĨov
Jelly Arnold
Jenny Meehan
Jess Sneddon
Jessica Adrianna Wayar
Jill Rock
Jina Wallwork
John Sheehy
Junu Gurung
K. Clasper
Kajal Shah
Katka Sedlackova
Kayliegh Daly
Kenny & Vito
Kim Miller
Kristi Doke
Lesley Cartwright
Li Huizi
Lilian McCann
Louise O'Boyle
Lynne Smith
Malc Dow
Mark Carr
Maryam Bibi
Melanie Ezra
Miriam Cima
Mounir Larhrib, SRNA
Natalie Low
Nataliya Zozulya
NATASA MARINKOVIC PETRIC
Natasa Vladisavljevic
Olajide Jegede
Olubukunola Temidara
Oluwaseun Ogundipe
Oscar Newcombe
Peter Turton
Rachel Rummun
Raymie
Rebecca Hope
Rebbeca Lowe
Rekha Vijaysbankar
Rima Ahmed
Ruby Bradley
Sally Ward
Samantha Underhill
Sara Burgess
Sara Lerota
Sara Rivers
Sarah Lawton
Saron Rai
Sean Herbert
Shelly Mastericks
Silvani Buccat
Simon Naish
Stella Tripp
Sue Lyons
Tamara Jelaca
Toyon Asaaju
Tracy Boness
Tracy Ferriss
Yuet Yean Teo
Wayne Sleeth
Winnie Sendyose




A special thank you to Ann Froggatt, Melanie Ezra and Graham Parker for the AOC2017 publicity image. Supported by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund
Registration Nos: 1082989

For those of you that haven't seen the photos from the Art of Caring 2017 at St George's Hospital then follow this link HERE.