Paintings in Hospitals, in partnership with uclh arts and heritage and The HELP Portfolio, presents: Art, Compassion and Collective Action, a virtual panel discussion exploring how these partners have ensured that art continues to support wellbeing throughout the Covid pandemic.

Join panellists Sue Arrowsmith (artist), Sandra Bruce-Gordon FRSA (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), and host Andrew Hochhauser QC (art collector and Chair of Paintings in Hospitals), as they discuss the ideas and ethos of The HELP Portfolio and explore the broader ways in which art has contributed to our physical, mental and social wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

This event celebrates The HELP Portfolio Exhibition presented by Paintings in Hospitals and uclh arts and heritage at the Street Gallery, University College Hospital between 28th June - 18th August 2021.

About the panel

Sue Arrowsmith
Sue Arrowsmith has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1990. Her work follows the long tradition of artists working directly from the landscape, yet she is not a landscape painter and her drawings and paintings are rooted in abstraction. She was a prize-winner in both the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20 in 1997 and the Natwest Art Prize in 1998, and in 2010 was Artist in Residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, USA. She lives and works in London.

Sandra Bruce-Gordon FRSA
Sandra Bruce-Gordon is Director & Chief Executive of Paintings in Hospitals. Over the last 20 years, she has become a well-known figure for her contribution to Arts, Cultural and Creative Industries. Sandra has held senior positions in the public, private and third sectors and ran her own consultancy company. In 2018 Sandra was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for her work preserving cultural venues.

Nicky Hirst
Nicky Hirst graduated from Maidstone College of Art (1985) and KIAD, Canterbury (1994). After studying BA Fine Art followed by MA Art and Architecture, she has pursued a parallel practice within the studio and working collaboratively with architects, producing many diverse projects for the public realm. She is currently co-editor of MASS Sculpture Magazine and a mentor on the TURPS/MASS correspondence course. Her awards include appointment as Election Artist for the 2019 General Election by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art.

Andrew Hochhauser QC
Andrew Hochhauser is a QC at Essex Court Chambers. He is Treasurer (Chair) of the Hon Society of Middle Temple. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Deputy High Court Judge. He is passionate collector of contemporary and modern art. In 2011 he obtained an MA from the Courtauld, specialising in British Modernism, writing his thesis on Francis Bacon and his use of the photography of John Deakin. He is Chair of Paintings in Hospitals, the Samuel Courtauld Trust, a Trustee of Courtauld Institute of Art, the V&A Foundation, the National AIDS Trust, Ballet Black and a Governor of the University of the Arts London.

Dario Illari
Dario Illari founded Jealous Gallery and Print Studio in 2008. From their humble beginnings in Crouch End, over the past thirteen years, Jealous has expanded to two gallery spaces, including a 6,000ft screenprint studio across three floors. Jealous are known for their collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with many artists, galleries and designers. Notable projects include the HELP Portfolio, the Jealous Prize, the 2017 Venice Biennale, Jealous Needs You, Art to Save Lives, the Print and the Poem, The Big Issue and more

Christian Mathews
Christian Mathews’ background is in structured finance and banking but his passion has always lain in collecting art, particularly prints. He worked in banking for 17 years and found talking about art and artists was always of more interest to his clients than talking about generic finance. In the last five years, he has worked as a consultant in both finance and art - the latter helping people to develop their own art collections. After meeting Sue Arrowsmith in early 2020, the idea for The HELP Portfolio started to form at beginning of the pandemic when both asked what they could do to help the people and charities who were going to suffer.

Guy Noble
Guy Noble has been working in the field of Arts and Health for over 20 years, having successfully commissioned and delivered over 80 artist commissions in healthcare and public realm. In 1998 he set up Addenbrooke’s Arts, the arts and health programme at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2005 he set up and established UCLH NHS Foundation Trust’s Arts Programme which is one of the UK’s flagship arts and health projects today. In this role he has overseen the commissioning of art in 6 major capital hospital projects working with artists such as Dryden Goodwin, Grayson Perry and Peter Blake.

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