An exciting new collaboration with leading artist and designer Yinka Ilori, in collaboration with Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) is currently underway at the Emergency Department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Ilori is currently creating a series of unique artworks and design interventions at the Hospital’s Emergency Department to improve the wellbeing and experience of both patients and staff.
Ilori’s practice fuses his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. Known for his use of bold patterns and vibrant colours to create contemporary designs and architectural installations, the West London-based artist will develop a new and cohesive visual identity for the Emergency Department. Ilori aims to create an environment that supports patient, staff and visitor wellbeing at what can often be a time of high stress.
“I am really honoured and excited to be working on this commission,” says Ilori. “Over the years I have worked on a number of art commissions but this one is important, now more than ever in view of what is happening in today’s world. I hope it brings joy, peace and calmness into people’s lives today, forever and in times of need.”
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ilori has created a street art piece located at Blackfriars in Southwark, inspired by the sketches for the Emergency Department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. With help from Jack, Jack Arts and Diabolical, this outdoor initiative is part of the Your Space or Mine project which gives artists a platform on the street, and aims to provide messages of positivity and inspiration during these challenging times.
“The artworks designed by Yinka Ilori are very much in keeping with our overall philosophy at CW+ to make hospital areas as aesthetically pleasing and calm as possible,” says Trystan Hawkins, CW+ Patient Environment Director and member of KCAW Public Art Committee. “We are delighted to be a part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, although current circumstances will affect how the event takes place. However, these art and design works will survive long beyond the end of COVID-19, enhancing patient, visitor and staff experience.”
KCAW celebrates the uniquely abundant cultural heritage and creative future of the Royal Borough. Each year, KCAW connects hundreds of galleries, creative spaces, museums and cultural institutions to promote public engagement in local culture and introduce audiences to its rich history as a leading creative hub.