Our patron, Quentin Blake.

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

Unique Screenprint by Quentin Blake… Available exclusively through the Nightingale Project:

“The Most Exciting Chapter”:

A limited edition screenprint by Quentin Blake

This screenprint, limited to 100 copies only, is now available for sale. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist. Quentin is generously donating all proceeds to the Nightingale Project.

Paper Size approx 76cm x 56cm. Price £600 per print (free UK postage and packing.)

Send cheques made out to Nightingale Project Fund to:

Dr Nick Rhodes. Nightingale Project, c/o Psychology Department, Mental Health Centre, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ.

Ian Beck: The Limelight Pictures


The Limelight Pictures is a set of images by leading illustrator Ian Beck, created specially for the Nightingale Project. An exhibition of all 18 images was opened by Sandy Nairne, CBE, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, and ran from February to June 2013 at the South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre. The pictures were produced as signed, limited edition giclee prints, and are all still for sale to benefit the Nightingale Project.

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Don’t Spill the Milk

In June 2013 the Nightingale Project has installed a series of unique prints, specially commissioned from illustrator Chris Corr, at Frays Ward, the men’s mental health ward at the Riverside Centre, Hillingdon Hospital. Taking his inspiration from the name of the Centre, Chris created a set of paintings on the theme of Rivers, which have been produced as one-off prints and hung in the corridors and sitting rooms of the ward. The intention was that the watery theme should be calm and relaxing, and the inpatients’ comments suggested that Chris had succeeded: “These are soothing”, said one. Another commented, “They make me feel I want to dive in!” One service user gave the view “This corridor was scary before. Now it’s not scary.” This last comment very much reflects the Nightingale Projects primary aim, to make hospital sites feel more human and less institutional.

Corr Don’t Spill the MilkChristopher Corr is a well-known painter and illustrator who has worked for the Nightingale Project in several hospitals. His recent publications include two children’s books, The Goggle Eyed Goats and Don’t Spill The Milk, both written by Stephen Davies and published by Andersen Press. The latter (right) has just been published, in May 2013.

See more of Chris’s work at www.christophercorr.com.

The Limelight Pictures: Ian Beck


The Limelight Pictures is an exhibition by Ian Beck, runnning from 27 February to end of May 2013 at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre.

The exhibition grew out of a commission from the Nightingale Project for Ian Beck to produce a series of drawings of Charlie Chaplin for Ellington Ward, our older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow (see Work we’ve done page). For this project Ian produced several images of Chaplin, and added one of Buster Keaton and another of music hall star, Little Tich.

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Will Alsop: A Sense of Enquiry

From December 2009 to May 2010 The Nightingale Project – of which he is a patron – presented the first London exhibition of Will Alsop’s paintings since 2002.

Will Alsop is one of Britain’s most prominent architects. He has designed buildings in numerous countries, including the Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto, the ferry terminal in Hamburg, and the regional government building in Marseille, known as ‘Le Grand Bleu’. In the UK his buildings include Peckham Library (for which he won the Stirling Prize in 2000), and the acclaimed ‘Chips‘ building in Manchester.

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