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Event details

Event date: 
17 June
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Type of event: 
All ages
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Venue name: 
The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way


Ticket availability: 
Unlimited places - just turn up

About the event

A multi media outsider art exhibition from service users of the Margrete  Centre using creativity to replace  problematic substance use.. The exhibition also features a retrospective of the visionary creativity of notable UK outsider artist Kate Bradbury for which installations have been re imagined for this exhibition.

The Conference Centre is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork from Service Users at the Margarete Centre. While treatment for substance misuse historically focused on harm reduction and substitute prescribing, other recovery methods emphasise equality, opportunity and equal access to society. This Recovery Model is reflected in the exhibition, which highlights work that has empowered people through creativity and helped develop skills which have the power to promote recovery, prevent relapse and encourage active engagement.

“The artwork in this exhibition has been made by service users who, of their own volition, and without necessarily involving training or teaching, replace problematic substance use with creativity. This exhibition showcases outsider art work covering a range of years and artists reflecting a broad spectrum of style and creativity. This work combined with the visionary creativity of Kate Bradbury, makes for a fascinating multi-layered experience”.  Quote from The Arts Project.

The exhibition is linked to a major retrospective of assemblages by KATE BRADBURY who continues to build a recognizable and visionary achievement unique within current UK outsider art. A self taught artist from Birmingham influenced by travel to countries including Mexico, the artist collects items which are then transformed into meticulous creations with obsessively structured repeated patterns. After a celebrated display in DARE TO WEAR at the St. Pancras Crypt Gallery in 2012, Kate recreates new perspectives on earlier installations involving passengers made of suitcases and lampshades, dislocated shoes and a large scale train all moving together on journeys of their own. Mirrors complete a Cocteau-like feeling of moving from one world into another.

Combined with the collective art work from users of the Margarete Centre, where art becomes a skill with which to embrace opportunity and achievement, the result is a fascinating installation exploring the very nature of journey.

The Opening Night preview on Thursday 11/4/13 from 5.00PM to 9.00PM is privileged to have performing live  at  7.00pm  Franke Pharoah the highly acclaimed international artist with a prolific musical career. Franke has performed and worked with Marvin Gaye, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Pete Docherty, Boy George and has had original work recorded by Virgin records. Franke contributed to the Big Badger Mama Music project produced by Maria Robinson which creates revenue supporting recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  The exhibition will also feature in the  Well Being Week 17/6/13 to 22/6/13 organized by the London Arts Health Forum  with a  day of events including the film  CITY ROADS (2008 21 minutes) on Saturday 22/6/13 from 1. 00pm to 5.00pm.

Gravy train and roads to recovery closing day Saturday 22/6/13.
From 1pm to 5pm , live music by kate bradbury and friends, meet the artists, light efreshments and screenings of maria robinsons short film "city roads"
Contact arts project


Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Peter Herbert
020 7916 8416


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