Wednesday, 4 July 2018

NHS 70th Birthday Art Exhibition at St George's Hospital


The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. We want to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to show our appreciation of the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. 

St George's Hospital in London have asked us to put on a special Art of Caring exhibition in their gallery space to help celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. The exhibition charts the history of the Art of Caring throughout its brief history (only 4 years!) and showcases some of the written and pictorial contributions from artists in 2018. Come and see for yourself from the 5th - 22nd July in the gallery space in Ingredients Restaurant, Lanesborough Wing, St George Hospital, London, SW17 0QT.

This year for the Art of Caring we wanted to mark the NHS' birthday with awards for both Art and Writing. The prizes for these awards have been generously donated by the staff at the Faculty of Health, Social Care, and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. We're excited to announce that Danny Mooney is the winner of the Art Prize and Latoya Igbinosun the Writing Prize. 

Danny Mooney is a highly respected artist living and working in Hastings,  http://www.dannymooney.pictures/. Although Danny has prosopagnosia (facial blindness), in the studio he draws and paints people. "Making images of people helps me remember them," he says. "Making images that other people can recognise increases the level of interest and difficulty." He recognises people by how they move. "I can only make a recognisable image of someone if they are animated." Mooney sees his work as wall mounted sculpture, with paint as the medium. The physicality and texture of the paint is key. For the last five years he has been painting every day on his iPad. These are always from life, and usually of the sea. "I love technology and painting on the iPad is like having my sketch book and all my colours with me all the time." Danny Mooney studied at Goldsmiths and London Guildhall University in London. Mooney’s work has been exhibited in the UK and America and is represented in collections in the UK, America, Switzerland, Japan and China

Latoya Igbinosun is currently studying Adult Nursing at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Here at the Art of Caring we are also publishing a new book to accompany our bestselling 2016 chapbook Resilience. Health is a Human Right is 16 page colouring book published by Sampson Low Ltd. Over 200 nursing students from Kingston University and St George’s University of London tapped into their creative juices to produce inspirational writing on the 2018 International Nurses’ Day theme ‘A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right’.

Visiting Professor Karen Norman introduced this year’s Art of Caring writing competition by inviting participants to create an ‘aphorism' on the IND theme. An ‘aphorism’ historically refers to the medical rules written by Hippocrates. Nowadays, it’s defined as ‘a concise expression of doctrine or principle of any generally accepted truth conveyed in a pithy, memorable statement.’ A good example is Florence Nightingale’s famous aphorism: ‘Hospitals should do the sick no harm.’ Here we present 27 written works chosen by the Kingston University Nursing Society in this special chapbook. Buy your copy at https://sampsonlow.co/

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The Art of Caring is an inclusive art exhibition that celebrates the role of nurses and carers on International Nurses’ Day (12th May) each year. The first Art of Caring was held at The Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames in 2015 and featured 252 artworks from 133 artists. The exhibition was the idea of Kingston University Nursing Society, faculty staff members, visiting professors, the faculty’s artist-in-residence Alban Low and the Head of Nursing at Kingston and St George’s, University of London Dr Julia Gale. 

Each year artists of all ages, skills and backgrounds are invited to submit work on the International Nurses’ Day theme and to consider the exhibition’s recurring concepts of Caring and Care. Submission is free, and no work is rejected. Each artwork is printed as a postcard and displayed on the wall. A copy of the postcard is sent to each artist wherever they live around the world. 

In 2016 the exhibition expanded to include written submissions in the form of a three line poem in the tradition of Japanese haikus. These were printed onto prescription sheets and displayed once again at The Rose Theatre gallery. The Art of Caring was also exhibited at St Pancras Hospital in 2016 with a mixture of original and postcard art on display. Each year since then the exhibition has travelled to St Pancras Hospital under the guidance of curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay. It is a fabulous opportunity to see the work afresh amongst this vibrant artistic community.

St George’s Hospital became a new home for the Art of Caring in 2017. For two weeks a busy corridor in the Atkinson Morley Wing was transformed into an art gallery. The exhibition was visited by the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England Professor Jane Cummings. It proved to be very popular with nurses and service users alike. Over 4 years the Art of Caring has exhibited over 1180 paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, haikus, poems, aphorisms and sculptures. In the year of the NHS’ 70th birthday the Art of Caring still retains its popularity and inclusive ideals.

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