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The beauty of needlework displayed at St Pancras

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The Sewing Circle exhibition closes this Friday 12 January, when there will be a premiere screening of Anna Bowman's new film about the art and artists involved in the exhibition at 5.30-7.30pm in the Conference Hall at St Pancras.
You still have time to see the display of vibrant, colourful needlework and fabric arts and crafts from more than 20 artists being displayed in the conference centre gallery at the St Pancras site of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. 
Entitled, The Sewing Circle Rethread 2017, the display includes poignant pieces about the plight of displaced refugees, a mother's love for her son on the brink of a dangerous health care procedure and mental health conditions including dementia. 
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There are also wall hangings, cushions, jewellery and a quirky shop window and includes some pieces by service users at the Trust.
At an opening night event at St Pancras on Friday (10 November), the cat walk featured diverse entertainment including poetry recitals, torch song singing and a performance of art dance.
The programme culminated in a vivacious musical performance piece by dance artist Gaffy Gaffiero with creative artist fashionista Sue Kreitzman reciting her lyrics.
Peter Herbert, Curator Manager of charity The Arts Project, who designed the display and opening night, said: “The Sewing Circle Rethread returns two years after we introduced the concept of comparing traditional and contemporary aspects of needlework in the arts and crafts. Half of the original artists now return with new work. 
“The result is an even more eclectic look at the use of needlework as a creative tool to express, through a range of creative expressions, the wide range of emotional and human experiences of our lives."
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A C&I service user gave their feedback on the exhibition: "May I say what a wonderful exhibition this has been. I came across it by happenstance as a service user attending a conference at St Pancras Hospital. How it brightens and cheers the corridors of St Pancras Hospital - an old work house. How It lifted my spirits!
"Not having time to see the exhibition properly I came back for a second viewing. What colour and ingenious creativity from all the artists and in particular from Kathy Keefe - a maestro of different materials. I loved the theme of Frida Kahlo - a source of great inspiration, you have pipped the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to the post! They are I believe staging a major exhibition on Frida Kahlo’s clothes in August. My hearty congratulations to you all."
The exhibition is supported by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Registered Charity: 1082989).

Notes to Editors

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Strategic Priorities *

Our three strategic priorities are:
  • Early and effective intervention 
  • Helping people to live well 
  • Research and innovation 

About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust 

We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston. 
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2016/17 was £138million and we have approximately 2,000 staff. Our staff  work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.

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