The UCLH Arts & Heritage team are excited to present The Help Portfolio exhibition, a collaborative project with national charity Paintings in Hospitals. The Help Portfolio is an exhibition of works by 16 major UK artists produced in aid of 16 charities, on display at The Street Gallery, University College Hospital from 28th June 2021.

The Help Portfolio exhibition featured a collection of prints by the iconic British designer Margaret Calvert OBE and artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, Michael Craig-Martin CBE, Idris Khan OBE, Chris Levine, Sue Arrowsmith, Ian Davenport, Nicky Hirst, Paul McDevitt, Elizabeth Magill, Annie Morris, Paul Morrison, Remi Rough, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mathew Weir, and Paul Winstanley.

The Help Portfolio was conceived and developed during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns by artist Sue Arrowsmith, collector Christian Mathews, Jealous Gallery and Print Studio director Dario Illari, and Cristea Roberts Gallery director David Cleaton-Roberts. Sixteen artists donated a print to the portfolio, the sale of which benefits sixteen charities. Each artist personally selected the charity they wished the funds to go to. Artist Ian Davenport selected Paintings in Hospitals as his charity to support. Jealous Gallery has also kindly donated a full portfolio to the Paintings in Hospitals collection so that the artworks can be exhibited in health and care spaces across the UK.

This Help Portfolio exhibition is a collaborative project between Paintings in Hospitals and UCLH Arts & Heritage.

The Help Portfolio exhibition was accompanied by a live digital panel discussion event Art, Compassion, and Collective Action. Panellists included Sue Arrowsmith, artist; Sandra Bruce-Gordon, Director and Chief Executive at Paintings in Hospitals; Nicky Hirst, artist; Dario Illari, Founder of Jealous Gallery and Print Studio; Christian Mathews, art consultant and collector; Guy Noble, Arts Curator at UCLH. The panel was chaired by Andrew Hochhauser QC, Chair of Paintings in Hospitals.

About Paintings in Hospitals

Paintings in Hospitals is the only national art collection of its kind. Founded in 1959, the charity uses visual art to transform care spaces and inspire wellbeing for patients and carers. Paintings in Hospitals is partnered with 160 care organisations across the UK, lending its art and facilitating creative workshops. The Paintings in Hospitals collection holds 34k+ artworks, including pieces by Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Yinka Shonibare, Helen Chadwick, Anish Kapoor, Elizabeth Blackadder, Anni Albers, Ben Rivers, Catherine Yass, Alexander Calder, Dame Elisabeth Frink, and more. In 2019 Paintings in Hospitals partnered with the National Gallery to bring a rare 17th-century masterpiece by Artemisia Gentileschi to a GP surgery in Yorkshire. And in 2020 Paintings in Hospitals partnered with Google Arts & Culture and artist Tom Croft for the global Healthcare Heroes virtual exhibition. The charity has previously partnered with the V&A, Arts Council Collection, Wallace Collection, and Hayward Gallery. Paintings in Hospitals receives no Government funding and relies entirely on grants and donations to continue its unique work. Paintings in Hospitals is a Registered Charity (1065963). 


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About UCLH Arts & Heritage

UCLH Arts & Heritage is the hospital arts and heritage project that serves UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and its surrounding community and is funded entirely by charitable donations and fundraising. UCLH Arts & Heritage is committed to providing a welcoming, uplifting environment for all patients, visitors and staff through the use of a varied and stimulating arts and heritage programme. Its work aims to improve the patient experience, boost staff morale, increase engagement with the arts and celebrate the Trust’s unique heritage and community. 

Since 2005, UCLH  has worked to improve patient and staff outcomes through the Arts. It does this in a number of ways, including a changing exhibition and music programme, creative workshops on wards, artist residencies, commissioning site-specific artwork, and a staff culture club. UCLH arts and heritage receives its funding from UCLH Charity and the Friends of UCLH. 


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