Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Paula De Sousa, Catherine Jack, Louisa Pankhurst Johnson and Aasiri Wickremage . The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.
"I was in complete awe of the nurses working around the clock to care for my boyfriend’s father after his sudden heart surgery. As we sat patiently waiting for him to wake up, the nurses were more than happy to explain to us clearly what each machine did, what medicine they were issuing, what they were managing and why. They encouraged us to write down what was happening and how we felt in a book that we could give to David when he had fully recovered, as a way for him to fill in the blanks whilst he was unconscious. It was a painstakingly slow process with both positive and negative news each day and we couldn’t predict the outcome. Through every stage of his recovery we felt acknowledged and welcomed. We never felt we were in the way or had stayed too long. The support provided was appreciated enormously and it made a huge difference to our experience."
Paula De Sousa
To all the nurses and carers in our lives
"I see you"
My work ranges from acrylic and oil paintings on canvas to more experimental work using handmade paper from different parts of Asia.
I am a self-taught artist and has developed my work as a mindful practice. I don’t not believe in replicating work just for commercial purposes, therefore each piece is unique and personal. If I am given this opportunity I would like to explore themes of “mindfulness” “positivity” with regards to mental health using visual arts to create a dialog with the community
Louisa Pankhurst Johnson