Health led artwork unveiled at the Tessa Jowell Health Centre

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The first of a series of artwork pieces has been unveiled at the Tessa Jowell Health Centre in Dulwich.

The project commissioned by NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and working in partnership with the Dulwich Picture Gallery will run over the next two years.

The first artwork, entitled ‘The Health Centre’s Quilt’ was designed and put together by three local artists Bamidele Awoyemi, Farouk Agoro and Livia Wang. The design was chosen by a panel of judges, who felt their ideas represented the diverse and multicultural community of Dulwich.

The artists worked with the Centre’s service users, staff and the local community to develop their winning design. The 2D artwork employs fabric patterns and techniques which demonstrates and recognises different identities and cultures, taking inspiration from the architecture of the Dulwich Picture Gallery building and its collection. The design has been applied by professional sign painters, using enamel, the piece will allow light to flow through creating changing patterns across the Centre’s floor.

The large-scale artwork incorporates the glass balustrade of the main reception area of the building, this was chosen to enhance the healing environment and showcase the role art plays in helping with health and wellbeing.

CHP are proud to be able to support this project and look forward to seeing future pieces in the next two years.

Sharon Linton, CHP’s Tenant Liaison Manager said:

“We’re really excited about the artwork coming to the health centre, it’s very uplifting, not just for the patients of the centre, but also for staff.”

Jean Young, Associate Director of Community Based Care and Healthy Populations, NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We’re delighted to see the installation which represents the communities of the area in the new centre. The centre has been designed to serve all communities in Southwark by bringing together a range of health and wellbeing services under one roof and it’s great to see this reflected in the art in the building.”

Watch the video to find out more about ‘The Health Centre’s Quilt’ and the project:

YouTube Video ‘The Health Centre’s Quilt’ Dulwich Picture Library

Jane Findlay, Head of Programme and Engagement at Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:

“This beautiful artwork created by Bamidele Awoyemi, Livia Wang and Farouk Agoro centres the unique perspective and stories of staff, patients and the wider community that use the Tessa Jowell Health Centre. It highlights that participation is at the heart of this partnership and is a beacon for the transformative power of creativity in the healing environment.”

To find out more about the commissions and the partnership between Dulwich Picture Gallery and NHS South East London CCG that brings together art, programming, training and community participation here

Photo and video credit: Dulwich Picture Gallery

29 July 2021

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