The Nightingale Project is thrilled to have collaborated with fashion designer Sir Paul Smith in redesigning a mental health ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington – transforming a stark, clinical ward into a unique and welcoming space. The project included painting some of the walls in a characteristically colourful stripe, and hanging a selection of Sir Paul’s own photographs. We believe this is the first time a major fashion designer has redesigned a hospital ward.
Paul said “My visit to the ward was very humbling.I decided to use some of the colour and print that’s so central to my designs. I don’t want to underestimate the challenges faced by the patients, but hope it’s now a more comforting place to be – and also that it’s a more positive environment for the staff, whose work is so important”.
One patient commented: “It’s great! the ward is now more fun and more vibrant. The patients have been feeling really inspired by it”.
Sir Paul generously donated his time, his team’s expertise, and his photographs, and Dulux UK donated the paint. The Nightingale Project is very grateful to Harry Wells of Paul Smith Ltd for his work on the project.
Once in a while you come across incredible people doing very special things. The Nightingale Project is one such initiative.
Its latest commission is a mural by Camille Walala that will wrap around the walls of the reception area in the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health in London. The commission is untrodden territory for Camille. Instead of her signature bold colours, Camille has developed a more muted colour palette.
The project’s co-director Dr Nick Rhodes indulged us with some lengthy answers to our questions so we’ll leave him do the rest of the talking. Here’s the Nightingale Project, as well Camille’s mural, in Nick’s own words.
Read the Q+A here.
Nightingale Project director Dr Nick Rhodes spoke about our work with Quentin Blake at The Artworks in Halifax on 15th June in the context of an Arts for Health Day – part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week.
The event took place against the backdrop of the current exhibition at the Artworks – ‘The Bulging Portfolio of Quentin Blake’ – which includes a number of examples of the work Quentin has done for hospitals in England and France.
Further information on the exhibition at www.theartworks.org.uk
The Nightingale Project been working with illustrator Jane Ray to enhance the interior environment of several mental health wards in London. Jane created a series of images to be printed as floor to ceiling vinyl murals. Her main subject matter was trees and birds, symbolising growth and freedom, and the murals have brightened up wards at St Charles Hospital in North Kensington, the Gordon Hospital in Westminster, and Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow. Until October 2017 her work is on public display at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, and the exhibition comprises original paintings, limited edition prints (see Sales page) and printed vinyls showing how the illustrations have been used in the wards. This video shows Jane at the time of the opening of the exhibition.
We are delighted to hear that Cut’nCopy, the graphics company who we work with to create and install our vinyl art murals, have won an international award for their work with the Nightingale Project.
The award, presented at a celebration in Hamburg in May 2017, was won in the Interior Design category of the MacTac Creative Awards.
Cut’nCopy have worked with the Nightingale Project on a number of hospital sites. Their work involves painstaking recreations of paintings that we have commissioned for hospitals, in the form of wall coverings which capture the essence of the original artwork in the printed vinyl.
Exhibition extended to 27 October 2017
The exhibition Jane Ray: Illustrations for the Nightingale Project has been extended to October.
Venue: South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, 1 Nightingale Place, London SW10 9NG. (Alongside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The exhibition showcases a series of work that Jane Ray has created specifically for hospitals, and includes original paintings, large vinyl prints, and a new series of signed, limited edition giclée prints which will be for sale in aid of the Nightingale Project.
Please contact Dr Nick Rhodes for more information: [email protected].
In August 2013 the Nightingale Project installed a set of lithographs by Robin Duttson entitled ‘The Apple Tree’ at Brent Memory Clinic, Park Royal Centre for Mental Health. The Clinic is entered through an attractive garden, but previously the interior of the clinic, in contrast, felt rather unwelcoming. The intention behind the project was to ‘bring the outside in’ – to continue the garden theme into the corridors of the Clinic. Robin Duttson’s work was selected because it is fresh, airy and direct, and brings the optimistic and life-affirming atmosphere of spring right into the waiting area.
The Apple Tree was shown in the 2013 Royal Academy Summer Show, and a set of the lithographs has also been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Our set, part of a signed edition of 45 copies, was installed at the Clinic owing to the great generosity of Robin Duttson’s publisher, TAG Fine Arts, who have been greatly supportive of our wish to brighten up this site. The Nightingale Project would like to extend huge thanks to the team at TAG. See alsowww.robinduttson.com.
We are delighted that the pianist Stephen Hough has become a patron of the Nightingale Project.
Stephen is one of the most distinguished concert pianists currently performing, and is also a composer, painter, poet and well-known blogger. His first involvement in the Nightingale Project was in 2010, when, in a short break in his international performing schedule, he played the piano for inpatients at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health (see Work we’ve done page). We are very honoured that he has agreed to become one of our patrons.
Stephen is playing at the First Night of the Proms on 12th July 2013. More information on Stephen on his official website www.stephenhough.com.
Signed, limited edition prints are still for sale from Ian Beck’s 2013 exhibition. The collection comprises portraits of stars of music hall and early cinema: Charlie Chaplin, Max Miller, Josephine Baker, Little Tich, Anna May Wong, Jean-Louis Barrault, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and others. Purchases of signed prints will support the Nightingale Project’s work.Print prices are from £225 to £255.
This series grew out of a set of drawings that Ian created in 2012 for Ellington Ward, an older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park Hospital (see Work we’ve done page). It was following the success of that installation that The Nightingale Project asked Ian to create more such images for an exhibition.
Ian Beck is well known as a children’s writer and illustrator. His novels include the Tom Trueheart series, Pastworld, and The Haunting of Charity Delafield. Further information about the artist and about the Limelight Pictures series are on Ian Beck’s official website.
Email [email protected] for details of print sales.
Our patron, Quentin Blake, has published a new book comprising images created for Ellington Ward, the older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.
The pictures Quentin produced for the ward show older people engaging in well-honed circus acts – fire-eating, tightrope-walking and so on – and for the book John Yeoman has woven a poetic and humorous text around these images. The book was published by Andersen Press on 6 June 2013.
Other recent new books by and about Quentin include Quentin Blake: Beyond the Page (Tate Publishing), as well as a new 80th Birthday edition of You’re Only Young Twice(Andersen Press), the book of the illustrations Quentin created for the Nightingale Project in Kershaw Ward, Chelsea, in 2006.
Sir Quentin is on twitter: follow him at @QuentinBlakeHQ