Earlier in the year, we were honoured to be chosen as Charity of the Year for The Worshipful The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Will Pascall. As part of this partnership, we have recently opened an exhibition at Kensington Town Hall to showcase our current work and promote our Community Bridge programme, which the Mayor is so generously supporting.
This exhibition is designed to showcase the journey and development of our current Arts for All programme which aims to enhance the hospital experience by working with artists, dancers, musicians, and gardeners to provide daily arts, crafts, music and sensory sessions to patients and their families.
We have a huge array of works on display at the exhibition including art from the CW+ collection by artists such as Lewis Khan, Laurie Hastings, Andy Council, Eduardo Paolozzi, Anouk Mercier. It will also showcase digital pieces such as The Zoo and RELAX Digital which are currently used in waiting and treatment areas throughout our hospitals to distract and engage patients during their hospital visit.
You will also be able to see and hear a selection of works created in our Arts for All participation programmes; audio clips from Natasha Lohan’s one-to-one sessions with patients on Nightingale Ward, a relaxing soundscape by Coda to Coda, artworks created by patients in participation workshops with Orleans House Gallery, as well as several paintings made in Art Therapy which is aimed to support children and families process difficult feelings whilst in hospital.
With support from the Mayor, it is our hope that this exhibition will help to expand our Arts for All programme with the Community Bridge. The Community Bridge programme aims to reach beyond existing programmes on offer within the hospital walls and to support the immediate health and longer-term wellbeing of our community. Partnerships within the Borough, such as that with the Mayor, are an integral part of this work.