Live music exhibition to open at Charing Cross Hospital

14 March 2018

Live music exhibition to open at Charing Cross Hospital
An exhibition featuring photos of some of today’s most exciting musical acts is set to open at Charing Cross Hospital next week.

Professional photographer Richard Gray, who underwent life-changing surgery at the hospital, has teamed up with Imperial Health Charity to unveil London Rocks!, featuring Seal, Father John Misty, The Prodigy and Christine and the Queens.

"London is home to many of the country's most famous live music venues and I wanted to choose images that show the artist in context," said Richard. "I hope the pictures will remind people in the hospital of some of the joy on offer around the capital's music venues."

Richard, who is the house photographer at Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, said: “I’m delighted to be working with Imperial Health Charity to launch this exhibition and to be able to give something back to the medical team at Charing Cross who did such a fantastic job with my surgery.”

Richard was treated at Charing Cross in 2016 after a tingling sensation in his feet turned out to be the result of a damaged thoracic disc affecting his spinal cord.

“They warned me that it could get really serious if it wasn’t dealt with,” said Richard, who spent five days in hospital. “I could have ended up paralysed from the waist down.”

“It was elective surgery but their call was that we should do it. Now I’m glad we did – my legs feel stronger and I’m back to full-time work. The idea of still having it hanging over me is quite scary.”

The exhibition opens at Charing Cross on Friday 23 March where it’ll spend four months before moving on to Hammersmith Hospital until the end of October. The artworks will then be sold to raise money for the hospitals.

Lucy Zacaria, Head of Arts at Imperial Health Charity, said: “We aim to change the way visitors experience the hospital environment by transforming clinical settings into bright and uplifting areas.

“We are really excited to bring Richard’s stunning photographs into our hospitals and celebrate London’s live music heritage.”

Visit our website to find out more about our arts programme, including current exhibitions across the Trust’s hospitals.