Peter Herbert and I have a very profound friendship. We met when a mutual(now deceased) friend left and image of one of my art pieces on his desk. That random happenstance resulted in an art friendship and partnership that has gone on for many years. Peter and I have co curated many remarkable exhibitions, in remarkable venues: WOW (Wild Old Women) in Novas Gallery, Flashier and Trashier and Dare to Wear in the Crypt of the St Pancras Church, and Epiphanies, Chronophilia, Colour Me Ecstatic and The Gentle Art of Yarn Bombing and Other Acts of Stitchery in the St Pancras Hospital Conference Gallery. Our joint projects are exuberant, colourful, joyful, and over the top. Peter has Made me a better artist and a better curator. I cannot imagine my life without this friendship.
The Gallery at St Pancras Hospital is a very special place. Above all, it champions diversity. It showcases Outsider Artists along with well established ones: the marginalised, the successful, the beginners, and the innovators. Inspiring, enlightening, and uplifting, it is London's cult, slightly secret treasure.
“The Arts Project began at St Pancras Hospital in 2003 with an exhibition in what was once a neglected space outside The Conference Centre linking the East and West Wings.
“Since then vibrant and ever-changing exhibitions have transformed the space, drawing a wide range of art lovers together, including staff, services users, visitors and the general public. It’s impossible to underestimate the positive impact and therapeutic value of the artwork displayed at the gallery over the last 17 years. We know that they have generated some wonderfully warm and positive memories for so many people.
“The Trust is proud to act as host for The Arts Project curated by Peter Herbert, with support from his loyal band of volunteers and helpers. We are extremely grateful to them all and look forward to continuing to support these exhibitions as an invaluable way to bring people together from all walks of life”.
Regent’s Place is a 13 acre, fully managed campus owned by British Land, featuring unrivalled local and international transport links, the latest in sustainable design, a lively mix of retail, leisure and public spaces – and all within strolling distance of one of London’s most beautiful parks on one side and the heart of the West End to the other. Regent’s Place totals around two million sq ft of office, retail and residential and is home to in excess of 20,000 workers and residents. Occupiers include Dentsu Aegis, Facebook, Lendlease, Ricoh and Santander.
Regent's Place is committed to being a resource for its local community and works in partnership with local organisations and charities. As well as initiatives like the Regent's Place Community Fund, there are dedicated community venues on site hosting hundreds of community-led activities and events each year.
As the Community Manager for Regent's Place, Rose Alexander is committed to collaborating with our occupiers and our local community to bring about positive change. She co-founded the Regent's Pride Network in 2019 in partnership with Forum+, this network has since hosted training, events, socials and was delighted to work with The Art Project to host part of the 2020 Loudest Whispers Exhibition. To join or to find out more please email Rose on email@example.com.
The Art of Caring is an inclusive art exhibition that celebrates the role of nurses and carers 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 Art of Caring was also exhibited at St Pancras Hospital 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 curator Peter Herbert. It is a fabulous opportunity to see the work afresh in this vibrant community space.
St George’s Hospital became a new home for the Art of Caring in 2017. A busy corridor in the Atkinson Morley Wing was transformed into an art gallery. It proved to be very popular with nurses and service users alike. Every year since then The Art of Caring has been exhibited at both St George's Hospital and St Pancras Hospital.
Central and North West London NHS Foundations Trust
The CNWL NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund is proud to continue the long association support which The Arts Projects has received and enjoyed from NHS Charitable Funds over many years. The charity support the cost of curating and opening each of the four exhibitions that are put on each year. The charity has seen the exhibitions put on by The arts project grow in stature, and reach over the years, whilst always maintaining its fundamental essence – that the art reflects the life experiences of the artists, and the audience at St Pancras Hospital.
Whilst the charity underwrites each of the exhibitions, some of the
costs are defrayed when the Charity receives a percentage of the sale
price of any artwork sold. Any
surplus is then reinvested in future exhibitions. This way the charity has been able to support the growth of the exhibitions over time. However, additional donations are always welcome, and these can be made through the following link:
“As the Co-founders of social enterprise Outings in Art Michael and I have been long term supporters of The Arts Project and Loudest Whispers.
It has been really inspiring to follow Peter,Marius and the team as have built Loudest Whispers into UK’s most prestigious open submission Art exhibition featuring the work of artists from our diverse and dynamic LGBTQ+ community.
Showing Art in a healthcare environment is proven to bring tangible benefits to service users,staff and visitors alike and helps to forge links between out LGBTQ+ community and the growing number of fans of Loudest Whispers.
At Outings in Art we say stay connected and stay curious and The Arts Project certainly share that ideal.
Anna Bowman is a film maker, writer and photographer. `I love filming the exhibitions and events in the Gallery’ she says. ` Peter and Marius bring together a diverse range of artists and artwork and put on fantastic events and superb exhibitions. It is great to have the opportunity to make films that celebrate the importance of creativity in maintaining mental
health, something I believe in
Anna has made eighteen short films for the Arts Project, documenting most of the exhibitions at the Gallery since the end of 2015 when she made The Way Ahead (6 minutes), which focused on artists’ responses to war and rauma. In 2017 Peter encouraged her to make longer films and most are now around 20 minutes. They include interviews with exhibition artists, often filmed in their homes or studios.
Born in Scotland and growing up in Australia, Anna has lived in London since she came to study photography as a young woman. Her rich and varied experience as a community activist, journalist, teacher and social entrepreneur inform her filmmaking.
In 2011 she went to the National Film and Television School to take an intensive documentary course and then began to make short, community-based films. Some of her longer films are shown at events and festivals in the UK and internationally.
forum + is very proud of its long association with the Arts Project. There are many LGBTQ+ people who, for whatever reason never, undertook formal art training or exhibited their work. And so back in February 2010, the forum partnered with the Arts Project to create Loudest Whispers, an annual art exhibition during LGBT History Month featuring Outsider LGBTQ+ artists. Year on year, the number of participating artists has increased and the exhibition has grown in reputation as a proving ground for talented artists. It is great to see Loudest Whispers surpassing a decade of exhibitions - may there be many more to come!
forum + works to promote equality for LGBTQ+ people in Camden and Islington, by hosting social groups and events which celebrate LGBTQ+ life in the boroughs and working to reduce social isolation and loneliness. We provide support services to victims of
homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime. forum + offers bespoke training and consultancy on LGBTQ+ equality to local businesses, voluntary and statutory organisations. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who are integral to us delivering our services. All of our services are available to persons aged 18 or above.