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Viewing Hospital Rooms X Anthropologie

The brilliant arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms commissions artworks by such celebrated artists as Julian Opie, Bob and Roberta Smith and Gavin Turk for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.

‘We want to ensure people who have severe and enduing mental health conditions are surrounded by beautiful and restorative environments,’ says Hospital Rooms co-founder Niamh White, ‘and have access to creative activities to offer them hope, dignity and a positive view of the future.’

This year Hospital Rooms has partnered with Anthropolgie to further its mission. Like Hospital Rooms, Anthropologie believes in ‘the power of art to move people, to give people a voice and to make the world a better place to be in,’ says White.

In addition to supporting Hospital Room’s Digital Art School — which offers free creative workshops to inpatient mental health units and the general public — Anthropologie has commissioned a work by Susie Hamilton at Askew Ward, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in west London. White describes the transformative piece as ‘vibrant, hopeful and filled with the promise of light.’

What’s more, for Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), Anthropologie will donate £1 to Hospital Rooms for every purchase made online or in store, up to a maximum donation of £10,000. Splashing lockdown savings has never felt so good. Will it be a new maxi or watermelon tote?

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Viewing ‘A Dark Mind’, Southbank Centre

Never has mental health been more in the spotlight. As the world lurched from one lockdown to another, loneliness, burnout and grief, as well as rising anxiety, sleeplessness and stress were thrust centre stage. The positive? We’re talking more openly about it.

Leading the way is A Dark Mind, a documentary which seeks to remove the taboo around mental health in the Black community, challenge stigmas and initiate change. Director and producer Dami Adeyeye interviews six individuals from within the Black community about their experiences and journeys so far, while four Black mental health professionals share their insights. Topics tackled include suicide, depression, bipolar and sexual violence — but importantly, ways of seeking help, advice and support too.

The screening will be followed by a talk with the director and Natalie Creary, programme director for Lambeth-based mental health charity Black Thrive. Ticket holders can also take part in a short meditative session run by mental health practitioner Hari Sewell and the film’s score composer Cephas Azariah.

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Viewing Ena Swansea: green light

To celebrate the end of lockdown, Ben Brown Fine Arts has turned over its London space to Ena Swansea, an American artist best known for fusing digital, filmic and traditional painting techniques to explore urban landscapes.

Teetering on the edge of abstraction, these large-scale canvases show familiar but often overlooked scenes of New York. You’ll come face to face with Central Park in winter, deserted tree-lined roads and snowy streets at night.

By balancing light and darkness as well as brilliant and muted colours, Swansea lures us into her complex painterly visions of quietness. They are stopping and intriguing and utterly compelling — leave frazzled, whirling minds at the door.

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Dates
13 May 2021 — 30 July 2021
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