Thursday 28 April 2016

Launch Party - Art of Caring 2016

Celebrate International Nurses Day with us on the 12th May 2016 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1HL. We are exhibiting the work of over 180 authors and artists in the fabulous   Art of Caring exhibition. The Launch Party is from 4-6pm and features more than 330 poetic and artistic postcards from all over the world, and we welcome everyone who would like to join us on this special day.

The Art of Caring is an inclusive exhibition that showcases a diverse range of talents, giving us an insight to the world of Caring and Care. Resilience is our special theme this year and is inspired by the International Council of Nurses worldwide celebration for 2016: Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems' resilience.

The exhibition will be open from the 12th - 24th May 2016,  10am-6pm daily on the Upper Gallery floors at the Rose Theatre. There are refreshment available downstairs in The Rose CafĂ©.



Friday 22 April 2016

Relationship Map Exhibition 20th May

We have a new date for our Relationship Map exhibition in the Rickett Quadrangle at Middlesex University, Hendon. We will now be opening it at Noon on Friday 20th May 2016. More details to follow.


Monday 11 April 2016

Relationship Map - Mental Health Awareness Week 16-22 May 2016

Relationship Maps – where do you stop on your journey?

Organised by CollectConnect artists' group, hosted by Middlesex University, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Relationship Maps is an artwork which charts how different people make connections and relationships between fundamental concepts - like Mum/Dad, Me/You and Heart/Mind. It is inspired by the map and tube lines of the London Underground.

On Friday 20th May 2016 we will be exhibiting our final Relationship Map in the Rickett Quadrangle at Middlesex University (in Hendon). We are also publishing an A3 version of the map.

And we need you to complete our Relationship Map.

We have eleven “lines” in our relationship map, each starting and finishing with people, places or things that you might have a relationship with:

  • Mum to Dad
  • Start to Finish
  • Cradle to Grave
  • Love to Loss
  • Home to Away
  • Me to You
  • Cat to Dog
  • Faith to Doubt
  • Dover to Calais
  • Heart to Mind
  • Tears to Laughter

There are three blank “stops” for each line. We want you to fill in the blank stops for as many lines as you want, which best sum up how you connect the concepts. Write a title or name (no longer than 4 words) that describes each stop on your journey. For example: what does it feel like to be in the middle between Cradle and Grave, or closer to Cradle, or closer to Grave. You could write something like: Cradle – Carved Heart Rocks – Man Called Horse Junction – Quite Quiet – Grave.

To enter:
  1. The deadline for entries is April 30th 2016.
  2. Send us the names of your stops in one sentence like this:Cradle – Carved Heart Rocks – Man Called Horse Junction – Quite Quiet – Grave
  3. Please include your name and location, so we can include your name in the overall list of artists on each copy of the map. (You won't be able to identify individual authors of each stop though.)
  4. Send entries to Alban Low at or tweet them to @collectconnect4. Middlesex University students can also send entries on a postcard to Kevin Acott, Director of Programmes and Senior Lecturer (Mental Health) or email him at

Further contacts: Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation ( Relationship Maps is organised by artists group CollectConnect ( The map will be published by Sampson Low Ltd (

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Submissions closed Art of Caring 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered the Art of Caring this year. We've has a fantastic response full of talented artwork and generosity of spirit. More details will be appearing here in the next few days but I'm happy to announce we have 184 artists exhibiting 329 artworks and poems with us this year.

Praying with Mrs. Cooper
by The Rev. Robin Pfaff
This year's crop include 3 artworks from The Rev. Robin Pfaff, he told us about his motivation to get involved, "As a hospital chaplain I often meet people at a time of intense change, but these encounters usually show me something of the indomitable human spirit. Healthcare professionals, however, who are regularly exposed to highly traumatic situations need to find their own way of coping and build up a resilience that is both sturdy as well as tender. Talking about what we do and see can be extremely difficult, as we all have a tendency to avoid emotional pain."