Art in Focus - Current Exhibitions
An important aspect of the Art Collection's activities is our series of special exhibitions, 'Art in Focus', which focus on work by established artists or explore a central theme through art and imagery. On display in prominent public areas, the exhibitions are freely available for the enjoyment of patients, staff and visitors.
Charing Cross Hospital
Norman Ackroyd RA (b. 1938) is a British artist working in London. The etchings on display here, showcase Norman Ackroyd's investigation of the coastline of Ireland and Scotland. They offer viewers the opportunity to witness the beauty of the archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest part of Britain and the Stags of Broadhaven located off the north-west coast of Ireland, which rise to almost one hundred metres above sea level.
The exploration of landscapes is a recurrent theme in Ackroyd's work. He has sketched on boats sailing around the coast of Ireland, captured the beauty of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the Norfolk coastline at Blakeney and Holkham.
Over the course of his career, Norman Ackroyd has received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze. Recent commissions include murals for the Main Hall of the British Embassy, Moscow; the Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University depicting the Galapagos Islands; and for the headquarters of Lazards Bank at Green Park, London.
In 2013, Norman Ackroyd was featured in the BBC series What do artists do all day? His work is held in many public collections including Tate, London; the British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection, London and British Museum, London.
All the works on display have been generously gifted to the Charity's art collection by the artist. Opening at Charing Cross hospital in November 2016, the exhibition will tour to St Mary's and Hammersmith hospitals through 2017.
The display is accompanied by a map The Furthest Lands: A Journey to the Western Shores designed by Norman Ackroyd. The map shows all the locations, of the works on display, where Norman Ackroyd has sketched. The suggested donation for a map is £3. Please text NORM17 to 70070 with the amount you wish to donate.
The charity isextremely grateful for the generosity Norman Ackroyd has shown in realising this exhibition and the donation of his works.
He writes: 'Art in hospitals is a profound and wonderful initiative. London hospitals have for a long time subscribed to the idea that Art can be calming, sustaining and enlightening to both patients and visitors. I am honoured to have been asked to add to this important collection with a body of work produced on the extreme edges of our Islands.'
This display focuses on the work of three artists, a painter and two photographers, all coincidentally born in the same year, 1963. Each artist, in their own individual way, explores how to capture the light in their work. Tom Hammick's prints draw on the landscape and the placement of figures and buildings within them. Harry Cory-Wright and Nicholas Hughes' photographs both capture the beauty of the British coastline.
Tom Hammick is a British artist based in East Sussex and London. He trained at Camberwell College of Art and the University of Manchester; he is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Brighton.
These works display his imaginative handling of colour and placement of figures, alone or in groups. The woodcuts Compound Day and Compound Night illustrate a fascination with showing how the same building appears in different light.
Harry Cory-Wright lives and works in Norfolk. Both his works on display are from the series 'Anglia' (2015), in which he explores the eastern lowlands of the British Isles. Working with his 8 x 10" camera, Cory-Wright captures the sun as it rises and sets over the flat expansive East Anglian coastline.
British photographer Nicholas Hughes studied for a MA at the London College of Communication. His work examines both the environmental impact of population growth and the places in which nature still dominates. The three works on display are from his series 'Seascapes'. They capture the intensity of sunlight reflected on the sea along the East Sussex coastline, the early morning sun as it rises on the Welsh coastline and the sea fog rolling in on a Cornish shore.
Picture credit: Nicholas Hughes
The distinguished photographer, Jorge Lewinski recorded many of the eminent style-makers of his time. These included the fashion designer, Mary Quant, the stylist Vidal Sassoon and the film maker, Ken Loach. Lewinski wrote incisively about photography, stating that he wanted to `achieve a deeper kind of portrait - portraits which not only describe a person but give the viewer an insight into the imaginative world of each sitter’.
The selection of 25 portraits of British artists shown here reveals how Lewinski made connections between the sitter and their setting, in this case focusing on the artists’ studios. The photographs demonstrate Lewinski’s exploration of each artist’s private world. Lewinski chose to work with black and white even though colour photography had become more common from the mid-twentieth century.