The Nightingale Project organises temporary exhibitions at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, and installs works of art for permanent display in other mental health units.
Quentin Blake, Hillingdon Child Development Centre
In Summer 2012 Quentin Blake completed a set of work for the Hillingdon Child Development Centre, which moved into a new home at Hillingdon Hospital.
Child Development Centre, Hillingdon Hospital
Ian Beck, Ellington Ward
For the newly refurbished older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park, Harrow, we commissioned illustrator Ian Beck to produce a series of drawings of Charlie Chaplin and other stars of early cinema and music hall.
Ellington Ward, Northwick Park Hospital
Beryl Bainbridge had an undisputed place as one of the finest British novelists of her era, famously being nominated five times for the Booker Prize. What was almost unknown during her lifetime, however, was that she was also a remarkable painter.
South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre
Richard Rodney Bennett: Collages
In 2010 the Nightingale Project presented the first ever exhibition of Richard Rodney Bennett’s collages. Subsequently we assisted him in organising exhibitions of his collages at the Wimbledon Music Fesival, the Lewis Elton Gallery, Surrey, the Holt Festival, Norfolk, and the Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire.
June - December 2010
Tippett Quartet and Soojung Lim play in aid of the Nightingale Project
In March 2010 The Nightingale Project staged a successful fundraising concert at the Purcell Room to raise funds to buy works of art for Park Royal Centre for Mental Health.
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Fundraising Concert with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
The concert featured the jazz-inspired music produced by composers in 1920s Berlin, when composers like Kurt Weill and Erwin Schulhoff were incorporating the new ‘Hot Music’ from America into their musical language, creating a style of music that seemed to embody the modernity of Weimar Germany.
16 September 2011
A Sense of Enquiry: Paintings by Will Alsop
Will Alsop is one of Britain’s best-known architects: most famous in the UK for Peckham Library, for which he won the Stirling Prize, and more recently for the acclaimed Chips building in Manchester, he has designed numerous buildings internationally.
December 2009 – May 2010
Stephen Hough plays for inpatients at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health
On January 25th world-renowned pianist Stephen Hough visited Park Royal Centre for Mental Health to play a concert to inpatients – who came from several different wards to listen to the recital.
25 January 2010
Park Royal Centre for Mental Health
Thrills Up Ahead! Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Cut-outs and Constructions by Jonny Hannah.
Jonny Hannah is one of the outstanding illustrators of his generation.
September – November 2009
South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre
Peter Blake exhibition in association with For Arts Sake, Ealing.
For Arts Sake presented an exhibition of prints by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake, with a proportion of proceeds being donated to the Nightingale Project.
4th October 2009
For Arts Sake
Quentin Blake: Our Friends in the Circus
Quentin was asked to produce a set of drawings for Ellington Ward, the older adults’ mental health ward at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.
April to July 2009:
Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow
Quentin Blake at the Gordon Hospital, Pimlico
Quentin was asked to create some pictures for the reception area of the Gordon Hospital, an adult mental health hospital in Pimlico.
Gordon Hospital, Pimlico
Will Alsop at St Charles Hospital
Will Alsop is well-known as an architect who paints. In 2008 he offered to come into a ward at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington, to run a series of painting workshops with mental health inpatients.
St Charles Hospital
Edwin La Dell
Edwin La Dell (1914-1970) was a highly influential figure in British printmaking. and was Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art.
October 2008 to March 2009
South Kensington and Chelsea MHC
Ian Beck: The Butterfingers Pictures
This exhibition presented the latest illustrations of Ian Beck, described in the Times as ‘one of Britain’s greatest illustrators’.
March – September 2007
Tea and a Slice of Art: The Lyons Lithographs
In the years after the Second World War, J.Lyons and Co commissioned leading British artists of the time, such as L.S.Lowry, Duncan Grant, Edward Ardizzone and Edward Bawden to create lithographs to decorate the 250 Lyons teashops.
November 2007 to March 2008
South Kensington & Chelsea
Paul Cox at St Charles Hospital
Illustrator Paul Cox, well-known for his work for such papers as The Telegraph and Sunday Times, and his illustrations for many books including for The Folio Society, created a major series of fifteen watercolour paintings for the reception area, waiting room and stairwells at St Charles Hospital, North Kensington.
St Charles Hospital, North Kensington
Quentin Blake: Sixty New Drawings
Having completed the sixteen drawings for the main corridors, sitting and dining rooms of Kershaw Ward, Quentin was asked to do a drawing for each of the nineteen bedrooms.
October 2006-February 2007:
Quentin Blake: The Kershaw Pictures
Quentin Blake, Britain’s most celebrated illustrator, for the first time created a set of pictures especially for a hospital. These drawings were exhibited temporarily alongside some of Quentin’s preparatory sketches in our outpatients’ department, and larger versions installed permanently in Kershaw Ward.
Jonny Hannah: Works from the Cakes and Ale Press, featuring Jelly Roll, Rocket Man, Satchmo and Stovies.
Jonny Hannah studied at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1998.
September 2005- February 2006:
Hannah Firmin: A selection of work from the last twenty years
Hannah Firmin has worked as an illustrator since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1981.
Ian Beck: Illustrations for Children’s Books 1984-2004
Ian Beck is one of the most distinguished contemporary children’s book illustrators, having produced over fifty books.
Christopher Corr: Big Car, New Haircut, Places to See
Christopher Corr is a London-based painter and illustrator who travels the world painting people, colourful places, big cars, beautiful buildings and dogs.