Tamsin Relly: Hospital Rooms & Eileen Skellern 1

Metro is thrilled to support South-African born, London-based artist Tamsin Relly for her part in a recent project for Hospital Rooms – an arts and mental health charity that commissions world class artists to transform locked and secure wards with museum quality and compliant artwork. This latest project is for Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women at Maudsley Hospital, South London.

World class artists including Julian OpieAimee MullinsParesha AminNengi OmukuTim A ShawHarold Offeh and Tamsin Relly were invited to work in genuine partnership with patients and clinicians to co-produce museum quality and NHS compliant artworks for the unit, with the aim to radically transform the physical environment on the unit making it more conducive to recovery.

Tamsin works across a range of media – including painting, printmaking and drawing and the final piece for this project was created using Metro’s direct to media printer. After visiting the ward on a number of occasions Tamsin invited staff and service users to paint or draw their earliest memories of being in nature during creative arts workshops

In response, Tamsin designed the space recreating qualities of being immersed in a botanical environment. She created a vibrant jungle layered with vivid blooms that is placed on a hand painted backdrop of softened shapes in quieter tones. The mood varies within the work, offering different spaces to rest or dream in. While the sitting area leads onto the courtyard in the unit, access to nature is limited for patients.

“My hope was to draw on the restorative and meditative qualities of spending time surrounded by plants and nature and to try and bring feelings of the outdoors in – the seasons, the elements, life alive in the cycles of growth and expansion or rest and turning inwards” Tamsin explained.

With the assistance of Metro, Tamsin has also produced this work as a limited edition run of 25 unframed, Giclée prints. Proceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated exclusively to Hospital Rooms for their most urgent upcoming projects  – for more information about how to purchase the print click here.

Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ

Private view: 25 April 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm RSVP here 

Viewing: 26 – 27 April, 10:00am – 5:00pm

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  1. Tamsin Relly, Testing ideas for ES1, 2017

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