Saatchi Gallery partners with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (CW+) to present their first ‘Arts in Health’ exhibition - Journeys: The Healing Arts
Exhibition is running from 24th November 2021 until 13th January 2022
World Premiere of new digital work Midlands, 2021 by Brian Eno.(Saatchi's press reliese)
Despite being daily in a hospital environment it still gave me pleasure to see this same environment captured by artists and art-students in residence at hospital.
I absolutely loved the work of Tim King, 'a reportage on mixed media': pretty much a hospital comic drawn on whatever is there in hospitals from gloves and masks to canteen plates and boxes. I loved the way Tim has spotted and presented the central role that food plays in hospital life of both patients and staff; affirming my recent observation that "We eat to prove that we are alive and we drink to prove we are immortal". By "drink" I obviously mean alcohol; even though I am not yet sure how by killing ourselves - for this is what alcohol does - we are affirming our immortality, but there we are: at least it is a good subject for drunken Christmas reflections and possibly conversations.
Apart from Tim King there was also Anouk Mercier with 18/50 beautiful and delicate drawings of nurses with pencil on paper. And a small but curious contemporary visual art selection.
For example Zheyuan Zhang interactive digital instalation that uses camera to capture person's mood and turn it into an abstract painting.
Due to a lucky coincidence I saw Carlos Penalver in action, working on his mural Best For You, following the footsteps of "a teenager in his 2-3 year journey through mental health services".
Extraordinary and surprising on many levels, this exhibition is an absolute must see for everybody and especially to hospital workers. :