The Elephant in the Room
Media Community Network
Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 May

Media Community Network founder, Laverne Hunt, is curating and exhibiting an exhibition of film, art by the competition winning Southwark students aged 5-18, recent graduates from Central St Martins art school and established artists from the Dulwich Open House project to shine a bright light on dark practice of unreported bullying in schools, which causes many young people such mental anguish.

The launch event showcases presentations and talks by: Professor Rosalind George (Goldsmiths University), who will speak about problems that affect young people, in particular bullying Bob Clarke (MAMA Youth Project), who will introduce his award-winning filmmaking projects, such as the creation of the 'managing better endings' series, sponsored by Sky TV; and comedienne Helene Lederer, last seen on television giving her Abba rendition for Red Nose Day, will bring anecdotal humour to the theme of 'the elephant in the room'.

Laverne Hunt won Best Volunteer Contribution to the Arts award for Southwark for 2017. 'The Elephant in the Room' is under consideration for Southwark Council's community engagement exhibition agenda. For further information about 'The Elephant in the Room' project and/or the Menier exhibition, please email Laverne at Laverne737@yahoo.co.uk M 07947 817733

Discover The One Japanese Art
Wednesday 31 May - Saturday 3 June

The One Japanese Art exhibition 2017 showcases the artwork of a selection of remarkable Japanese artists. One hundred artworks including Japanese paintings, western paintings, crafts, photographs and ink calligraphy will be presented. There will also be the chance for visitors to vote for their favourite artwork during the exhibition and the winner will be featured in a contemporary art magazine.

Opening Times: 31st May 1 - 6pm, 1st and 2nd June 11am to 6pm, 3rd June 11am to 1pm
Y3: New and Upcoming Photographers
London Southbank University
Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 June

Y3 is an exhibition of degree show work from the BA (Hons) Photography Students at London South Bank University.

This exciting exhibition showcases a range of different projects that the students have developed during their final year of study. Please join us for the opening on the 6th June, from 6pm - 9pm, or from the 7th - 9th June from 11am - 6pm.

Art in Large Doses
Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 June

Paintings in Hospitals is committed to supporting student mental health and nurturing emergent talent to shape the future of the arts in health sector. We're pleased to announce that we're partnering with the internationally renowned art school Centrals Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

As part of Art in Large Doses project, students from the BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation course at Central Saint Martins will be asked to propose an art exhibition that will support the wellbeing of patients at King's College NHS Health Centre. The proposals will be showcased at the Menier Gallery, London, during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017 (13-17 June) before the winning proposal is announced on 17 June.

A quarter of Higher Education students experience psychological distress, associated with increased risk of anxiety and depression. The CSM students will explore ways in which art can support the physical and mental health of their peers, while pushing the boundaries of what is expected of art in healthcare settings.

The winning proposal will be selected by patients and staff of King's College NHS Health Centre and will be realised as an exhibition at the Centre in the autumn. It is anticipated that the exhibition will combine works from the Paintings in Hospitals collection with works by emergent and mid-career artists, including film or sound-based works.

Contemporary Painting: In Good Health
Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 June

We'll celebrate Paintings in Hospitals' long history of championing homegrown talent and highlight the good health of contemporary painting in a new collaborative exhibition with the award-winning artists of Contemporary British Painting.

Contemporary Painting: In Good Health unites artworks from our unique art collection with those by members of artist-led organisation Contemporary British Painting. The exhibition will be hosted at the Menier Gallery during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017 (13-17 June).

Founded in 1959, our collection is the only art collection of its kind, with the sole purpose to inspire better health and wellbeing across the UK. Paintings in Hospitals has long taken pride in nurturing and supporting nascent painting talent. Some of the earliest artworks added to our collection were by then-emergent British painters such as Gillian Ayres, who has since become one of the leading abstract artists of her generation. Contemporary British Painting members represent some of the most exciting emerging and award-winning painting in the UK now.

The Contemporary Painting: In Good Health exhibition comments on the strength and vigour of British painting today. The 26 painters featured include: Basil Beattie, Ian Davenport, Mary Webb, Carol Rhodes, Cathy Lomax, Julian Trevelyan, Pen Dalton, Matthew Krishanu and Mandy Payne.

Paintings in Hospitals Connect
Wednesday 14 - Wednesday 14 June

After another brilliant, sold-out night last year, Paintings in Hospitals and London Arts in Health Forum are back with even more networking goodness. Join us, and lots of other great arts and health professionals, at Connect 2017.

Whether you're looking for collaboration, information, or inspiration, come along and enjoy an evening of drinks, nibbles and networking amidst two very exciting exhibitions from Paintings in Hospitals, produced in partnership with Contemporary British Painting and Central Saint Martins.

We'll invite leading thinkers, researchers, clinical commissioners, artists and more. All you need to do is turn up, take part, and see what we can do when we put our heads together.

Registering is essential (to avoid disappointment). Register now via the Eventbrite panel below.

We can't wait to see you there!


Opening from 18:00 to 20:30
Charles Sanderson
Monday 19 - Saturday 24 June

Charles Sanderson is a mixed media artist, working in oil, watercolour, gouache, etching, printing and occasional sculpting. The subject matter of his work ranges from people's daily routines, such as cafe scenes, to still life and landscape.

Charles was born in 1949. Growing up in Ecclestone Square. Charles split his childhood between London and the countryside, having been taught in both Winchester and Somerset. In his late teens he studied at Byam Shaw School of Art between 1967 and 1970 and was supported by the artist Ruskin Spear. Charles continued his art at Hammersmith College until 1971. During this time, he gleaned inspiration from Ken Howard's landscapes. This shaped his colour pallet to be duskier, and he worked mainly in greys and blues. However, as he grew as an artist, influenced by David Hockney's landscapes, his love for bold colours flourished. Having a passion for European art he went on to spend a year in Paris under the mentorship of a fellow artist.

At a crossroads in his life, Charles would decide whether to join the clergy or pursue his art. His paternal Grandmother, always an advocate of his work, encouraged him to practise painting and Charles continued the route of an artist. Charles still retains his love for the church and has sung in a choir for the last six years. He has sold pieces to contribute towards restorations of churches and produced a series of commissions for St Christopher's Hospice in Crystal Palace. Charles is fascinated by the everyday. People huddled over their coffees in station cafes, the hurriedness of others trying to get to their next destination. He encapsulates that in his bright Paris scenes. This is juxtaposed against his peaceful landscapes and still life, where the rushing of life comes to rest.

University of Portsmouth
Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 June

'Transient' is a photography exhibition by a collective of talented emerging artists graduating the BA (Hons) Photography course at the University of Portsmouth. It will showcase a diversity of artworks spanning a broad range genres. Each project deals with contemporary issues and topics ranging from personal and national identity, subcultures, politics, history and memory, home and migration, health, technology, sport and many more.

The choice of 'Transient' as a title for the exhibitions was connected to the meaning of the word to the artists. Transient is described as something lasting only for a short time; impermanent, as was their university experience. They are now on the threshold of a new chapter in their lives. About to embark on their journeys in pursuit of professional and personal goals.

Join them on the opening night of 'Transient' exhibition on Tuesday 27th June 6 - 8:30 pm and discuss with them the topic that interest you!

National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers 84th annual exhibition
Monday 3 - Saturday 15 July

The Menier Gallery is hosting the 84th annual exhibition of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers this summer. The National Society was founded in 1928 as a viable exhibiting alternative to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and with the particular intention of being open to all styles, approaches and artistic creeds. Early membership included Moore, Gertler, Sutherland, Bomberg, Lowry and Nevinson. The Society is still non-partisan but insistent on high professional standards, and open to all who wish to show in a friendly group at a reasonable cost.

The Society is governed by a Council drawn from the membership, with a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, who stand to be replaced or re-elected every year. There are currently fifty-five members.

Now What
Monday 17 - Saturday 22 July

Now What is an exciting show of work by 40 recent graduates from BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.

A response to the uncertainty and the ambition of leaving education, Now What explores the themes and ideas of precarity and fragility in the modern world; a reaction to the simultaneously daunting and exciting futures we face as young artists.

There will be a wide variety of inspiring work at the exhibition including: drawing, printmaking, painting, digitally-created images, 3D work, installation, craft and ceramics. There will also be free creative workshops for people of all ages, run by some of the exhibitors. Follow @n0wwh4t on social media for more information!

Model Men
Monday 24 July - Saturday 12 August

Physique photography and Illustration of the male nude picturing homosexuality, the law & censorship before 1967. Rare vintage prints and ephemera from 1900 to 1967, with contemporary responses by selected artists, illustrating the path to the Sexual Offences Act on July 27th 1967 curated by Guy Burch.