Installation view, ‘Hospital Rooms. Like there is hope and I can dream of another world,’ Hauser & Wirth London, 2022 © Hospital Rooms. Photo: Tim Bowditch
29 Mar 2023

Our 2023 Partnership with Hospital Rooms

29 Mar 2023
Supporting young people’s mental health services in the UK with an exhibition and auction

Following a successful first year of collaboration in 2022, raising £325,000 with the ‘Like There Is Hope’ partnership, this year Hospital Rooms will be raising funds to support three ambitious new projects that will transform NHS mental health settings across the UK.

The 2023 initiative will begin with a major exhibition, ‘Holding Space,’ at Hauser & Wirth London, featuring artist Sutapa Biswas and many others, on view from 17 August through to 12 September 2023. The exhibition will culminate in the Hold Me Auction at Bonhams on 12 September 2023, followed by an open-air exhibition at Granary Square, King’s Cross for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2023, featuring artists Hurvin Anderson, Yinka Ilori and Alvin Kofi.

This ambitious project will empower young people to collaborate with extraordinary artists and contribute to the physical transformation of their environments. Referrals for children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have drastically increased since 2019, leaving young people and families in urgent need of therapeutic support. Raising these funds will ensure that young people receive support, treatment and therapy in inspirational spaces that offer them hope and dignity.

Sutapa Biswas, All around me my gathered star, 2023, Springfield Hospital. Photographer: Damian Griffiths

‘As long-time supporters of Hospital Rooms, we have witnessed first-hand the extraordinary impact of their work in changing lives across NHS mental health inpatient units across the country,’ says Neil Wenman, Partner, Hauser & Wirth. ‘Embarking on our second year of a three-year partnership, I am thrilled to champion another programme of activities and fundraising that we know will help bring hope and courage, especially to young people in mental health services in the UK.’

The new Rivers Acute Units at Hellesdon Hospital is a landmark project for Hospital Rooms. Project Curators from Hospital Rooms will be working from the design stage with architects to embed creativity and culture across six adult wards, entrances, outdoor and communal areas with the hospital opening in 2024.

Hospital Rooms will also be working with Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust across two mental health hospitals in Bodmin and Redruth. These services comprise of Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Acute, Rehabilitation and Low secure units for older people. This project will transform these mental health settings and build long term local creative connection with the hospitals.

‘As long-time supporters of Hospital Rooms, we have witnessed first-hand the extraordinary impact of their work in changing lives across NHS mental health inpatient units across the country.’—Neil Wenman

This summer, Hospital Rooms’ collaborative projects will culminate in a major exhibition, which will be on view at Hauser & Wirth in London 17 August – 12 September. ‘Holding Space’ will feature a recreation of Sutapa Biswas’ immersive artwork for Springfield Hospital and a new composition created by students from the South West London Recovery College and the National Opera Studio. The exhibition will transform the gallery into a sensory holding space, filling the gallery with beds and cushions for people to sit, rest and play on.

Following the exhibition, Hospital Rooms will host the Hold Me Auction at Bonhams in London on 12 September 2023. Acclaimed artists have donated canvases that respond to the notion of a holding space to raise funds for Hospital Rooms three new projects.

Hospital Rooms will also be hosting an open-air exhibition at Granary Square, Kings Cross, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, on 10 October 2023. The exhibition will showcase new co-produced artworks and environments for mental health hospitals by Hurvin Anderson, Yinka Ilori, Alvin Kofi and many others.

Learn more about Hospital Rooms and ‘Like There Is Hope’ partnership.

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