The Creative Arts Team is partnered with the Royal Academy of Arts in central London and with the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill. In conjunction with both museums, patients have an opportunity to visit special exhibitions at the museums and make art in response to a theme. The works developed at both museums then have the opportunity to be exhibited both in the museum galleries and at the hospice.
The museums partnerships aims to give patients special access to major exhibitions and to provide workshops to create their own art, individually and collaboratively, inspired by the specific exhibition. It aims to encourage communicating through various arts media; promoting healthier attitudes to End of Life and organising public discussions of issues raised by the project and exhibition; exploring the place of the arts within the end of life journey of a number of patients and their families.
Careful planning is needed and depends on the collaboration of a multi-professional team to meet the challenges in developing such a project over time with patients living with complex medical issues and fluctuating levels of illness/wellness. Many art institutions hold similar visions of inclusivity, education and debate and as such this project is eminently transferable.
Travel and mobility concerns are a challenge, but we have six years of success behind us. Many art institutions hold similar visions of inclusivity, education and debate to those of the RA. And as such this project is eminently transferable.
Read more about our partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts here.
More information our partnership with the Horniman Museum can be found here.
For further information on St Christopher’s arts projects please contact the Arts Team