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Art sale raises money to benefit healing environment

30 August 2006

Works of art by world-renowned artists, including Lucian Freud, Patrick Heron and Allen Jones are up for sale at a special exhibition to help raise money for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Works of art by world-renowned artists, including Lucian Freud, Patrick Heron and Allen Jones are up for sale at a special exhibition to help raise money for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The exhibition contains works from more than 20 leading artists most of whom who have been intimately involved with the Hospital’s Arts Project since its inception.

It is hoped the exhibition and sale will raise many thousands of pounds for the hospital, which is known for its use of the arts in helping to create a healing environment for patients.

The exhibition has been organised by retired Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr James Scott, who was the founding member of the Chelsea and Westminster’s Arts Project. The project was set up to ensure that art was an integral part of the design process of the hospital during its construction more than 13 years ago.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is well known for pioneering the use of art to enhance the patient environment and improve health. In 1999 a study was commissioned by the hospital and the King’s Fund which measured the positive effects of art on the health of patients in hospital.

James Scott said: “I am delighted that the gallery and the artists have kindly agreed to support this project which will help us to raise money for the hospital’s arts project and build on the pioneering work at the Trust to improve the environment for patients, visitors and staff.”

The show also contains a number of excellent pieces that have been specially created for the show, including a painting by international artist Sean Scully.

The exhibition is taking place at Jonathan Clark Gallery, 10 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ from Tuesday 12 September to Wednesday 20th September. The gallery has kindly agreed not to charge any commission and artists are offering a donation from the sale of their works.

Notes to editors

  • Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend private viewings at the Jonathan Clark Gallery on Tuesday 12 September and Wednesday 13 September.  Please let the press office know in advance by calling 020 7808 9899 if you plan to attend.
  • Mr James Scott is now retired from the NHS but is editor of one of the world’s leading surgery journals, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
  • The King’s Fund report can be found on www.chelwest.nhs.uk/about_pages/hospital_arts.htm
  • All pieces of art exhibited at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital are either donated or funded by charitable monies and donations to the Arts Project. No NHS funds are used. The Hospital Arts Project is funded by Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity.

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