Tuesday, 14 September 2021
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust together with the charity Hospital Rooms have partnered with internationally renowned art gallery Hauser and Wirth to host an auction last week of contemporary art to raise funds for the co-production and installation of bespoke art at the [currently in construction] new Hospitals on the Springfield University Hospital site.
It was an unforgettable evening where Owen Reilly, Peer Tutor from the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust Recovery College, gave an inspirational speech about the impact that art and creativity can have in mental health wellness and recovery. Comedian Dara O’Briain auctioned the first lot, an original monochrome portrait of footballer Marcus Rashford. In all 35 artworks were generously donated by the Artists and art lovers in social safe rooms and on-line enthusiastically bid, raising a grand total of £82,000.
The Trust are delighted to be working with the charity Hospital Rooms once again to ensure that there are wonderful artworks and ready access to creative activity in our new Springfield Hospital. From January 2022, world class artists will work in collaboration with service users to help us create a radically new vision of what a mental health hospital can look and feel like.
Sharon Spain, Director of Nursing said: ‘We are so proud to be commissioning co-produced artworks for our new hospital that will enrich the experience for our service users. Our environment and our ability to express ourselves is fundamental to our wellbeing and embracing a creative and vibrant culture here at Springfield will benefit our entire community.’
Ian Garlington, Integrated Programme Director said: “This is a significant step in an exciting process of co-production to ensure our new facilities are designed and used in line with service user needs, supporting our people to provide high quality care from within our hospitals and within our community settings. You can find out more about our developments here.
The charity's fundraising efforts continue until the end of the year. Please do look out for more opportunities to support this important work. You can find out more about Hospital rooms here.