Hospitals may notoriously have a bleak reputation regarding interiors (particularly when it comes to mental health wards), but not if Tim A Shaw and Niamh White can help it. Their ongoing project Hospital Rooms was founded in 2016, led by the initiative to make mental health wards less gloomy places to be in, filling the often squalid and dilapidated spaces with artwork that would otherwise sit in a gallery.
Staying ever-true to their mission, Hospital Rooms are releasing a time-sensitive poster with SHOWstudio director and esteemed image-maker Nick Knight in the coming week, available for £50 each. The image, titled Rose IV and created in 2012, belongs to Knight's Rose Photo Paintings; all proceeds will go to future Hospital Rooms projects to transform inpatient mental health units. The release will only last from 14 - 21 April. 'It's very important to feel that your art is being put somewhere where it's having some effect', Knight said in a statement.
A steady supporter of Hospital Rooms' mission, this occasion marks the fourth time Knight has worked in collaboration with the charity, with the release following the artist's previous fundraising collaboration two years ago, one which raised over £25,000. SHOWstudio also worked with the charity the very year they launched in 2016, culminating in our Hospital Rooms project. The series was added to over the subsequent two years, featuring many interviews with contributing artists to the charity. 'Some of the most creative and accomplished people that I have known have encountered difficulty with their mental health at one stage or another. It seems to me that making vulnerable patients' environments pleasant and stimulating is of the utmost importance and would be conductive to recover and recuperation', Knight said at the time.