Anish Kapoor's Breathing Blue poster, for sale through Hospital Rooms for £50 Courtesy of the artist and Hospital Rooms
The artist Tim A. Shaw and curator Niamh White started the charity Hospital Rooms after a friend was sectioned and admitted to a mental health hospital. Shocked by the cold, drab interior when they went to visit their friend, Shaw and White founded the charity in 2016, inviting artists including Gavin Turk, Sonia Boyce, Nick Knight, Julian Opie and Mark Titchner to create site-specific works for the walls of mental health units.
Now, Hospital Rooms has teamed up with the artists Anish Kapoor, Richard Wentworth, Cornelia Parker, Giles Deacon, Emma Talbot and Unskilled Worker on a new project to raise funds to help patients in NHS mental health units. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), on 21 May the charity will drop the first of a series of six weekly releases of limited edition posters on their website starting with Anish Kapoors Breathing Blue. All posters are priced at £50 and in limited editions of 100 (some are signed).
Each new poster will be released on the charitys website and social media channels on Thursday at 12pm. All proceeds will go towards funding the Hospital Rooms Art School project: an artist-led series of digital art workshops for patients in mental health units in NHS hospitals. Friends of the charity will be able to purchase the posters four hours in advance of them going live—you can sign up to the Hospital Rooms Friend Scheme (from £8.50 per month) via the website.
The coronavirus lockdown has made this a particularly difficult time for inpatients in mental health units, as patient leave and visitors have been stopped. For those with mental health issues living in their own homes, remote support has also been much reduced or stopped entirely, so they are without access to activities that would normally provide intellectual and creative stimulation.
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