The Seasalt supported Hospital Rooms project at Bluebell Lodge, a long stay mental health unit in London, is now in full swing!
Hospital Rooms is a charity that transforms mental health units with world class artists, making the spaces imaginative and rejuvenative, while also providing access to arts and creative activities for patients.
We are supporting Cornish artist Anna Barriball to participate in the project and work with the unit’s community to create new and inventive artworks for the communal rooms in the Lodge.
Anna is a wonderful artist who grew up in Cornwall and went on to do her Art Foundation course at Falmouth College of Art. She is now a full time artist living in London and regularly shows her artwork in exhibitions internationally. She makes drawings, sculptures and videos that reveal hidden meanings in the everyday and overlooked. Her work is also inextricably connected to memory, particularly the feelings and fantasies of childhood. Yellow Leaves, for example (pictured), was inspired by curtains she discovered in a market, identical to those that hung in her 1970s childhood home in Launceston.
Anna has now made her first visit to Bluebell Lodge to meet the community and see the various rooms that the artists will be creating work for. Her next visit will involve leading a creative workshop with residents to gather their opinions and thoughts. We can’t wait to hear which room she selects and to see the artwork that she creates.
This project will also feature artwork by Antony Gormley, Bob and Roberta Smith, Steve Macleod, Mark Titchner, Rachael Champion and Tim A Shaw.
For every pair of single socks sold, we’ll donate 20p. The money that we raise from sales of our socks will go to a variety of charities throughout the year. The 20p donation applies to both full price and sale styles, but excludes multipacks/boxes of socks, Cottage Socks, Fair Isle Socks, Welly Socks and Tights.