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Exeter Phoenix – Hospital Rooms

Past Fri 03 May – Sun 30 Jun 2019 (Preview: Thursday 02 May, 6-8pm)
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS

Julian Opie | Mark Titchner | Sara Berman | Nina Royle | Tim A Shaw Tamsin Relly Jon Emmony | Susie Hamilton | Rose Pilkington Lucy Stein | Grenville Davey | Bindi Vora

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that commissions extraordinary artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK. Their latest project is in Exeter at The Junipers Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and Jasmine Lodge Mother and Baby Unit with Devon Partnership NHS Trust for which new works have been created by Julian Opie, Mark Titchner, Sara Berman, Nina Royle, Tim A Shaw, Tamsin Relly, Jon Emmony, Susie Hamilton, Rose Pilkington, Lucy Stein, Grenville Davey and Bindi Vora.

This exhibition is an opportunity to share and discuss the work of Hospital Rooms, the creation of this new work and some of the issues surrounding art and mental health. It will include images of the newly commissioned works alongside Original works and preparatory studies made by the artists in relation to the project.

Staff and service users are involved throughout the project and interact with the artists through creative workshops and during the installation of commissioned works. Their approach opens dialogue and creates a huge sense of pride within each unit for patients and staff alike.

There will be an opportunity to see examples of artwork made during the artists’ workshops with past and present staff and people who have had care and treatment on mental health wards at Devon Partnership NHS Trust. This will extend to an accompanying exhibition in Exeter Phoenix’s community gallery space The Walkway Gallery (21 May – 23 June 2019).

The exhibition coincides with a range of other activity at Exeter Phoenix to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 – 19 May.

Additional activities and events to accompany the exhibition.

Thurs 02 May | Exhibition Preview | 6-8pm | Free

Join us for a glass of wine and a first chance to see the new exhibition.

There will be an opportunity on the night to purchase Hospital Rooms t-shirts (Julian Opie and Gavin Turk), new babygrows (Mark Titchner); tote bags and greetings cards; and limited edition prints by Steve Macleod, Tamsin Relly and Michael O’Reilly.

Wed 8 May | Artist’s Talk: Mark Titchner | 6pm | Free

Hospital Rooms artist Mark Titchner will discuss his practice, which focuses on an exploration of words and language ranging from the quasi-mysticism of corporate mission statements to the maxims of revolutionary socialism.

Sat 25 May | Artist’s Workshop: Susie Hamilton | 11am – 12.30pm | £5

Using poems as a starting point, Hospital Rooms artist Susie Hamilton will lead a workshop where you will be able to make your own bold and dynamic paintings, drawings and collages.

Sat 25 May | Curator’s talk: Hospital Rooms | 2.30pm | Free

Hospital Rooms founders Tim Shaw and Niamh White will talk about the charity’s work, past and present projects and the current exhibition.

Sat 8 June | Artist’s Workshop: Jon Emmony | 11am – 12.30pm | £5

Join Hospital Rooms artist Jon Emmony as he leads a sculpture workshop forming shapes and textures based on the landscape, then 3-D scanning and enhancing them using digital software.

Sat 8 June | Artist’s Talk: Nina Royle | 2.30pm | Free

Artist Nina Royle will talk about her practice of making paintings on sculpted panels as an expression of landscape, weather, corporality and time and about working with Hospital Rooms in Exeter.