The Healing Presence of Art 
Evening Lecture by Richard Cork

Touching base with you all. Paintings in Hospitals, a registered charity using art and creativity to reduce sickness, anxiety and stress in UK healthcare facilities, presents an evening lecture by British art historian Dr Richard Cork. Richard Cork discusses his new publication, which takes a detailed look at the extraordinary richness of art in hospitals and its ability to alleviate clinical bleakness and leave a profound, lasting impression on patients, staff and visitors.

The event takes place at the Henry Wellcome Auditorium, 
Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE this Tuesday 19 June 2012 from 6.30 – 7.30 pm. The lecture will be
 followed by a book signing and question & answer session. The event is free but there is a suggested donation to Painting in Hospitals of £10. If you are around and interested in the therapeutic benefits of art in public places I’m sure you’ll have a good evening.

Juicy June Art Exhibition at Debut Contemporary

A wet Jubilee  weekend ended with the opportunity of being inspired by several contemporary artists at Debut Contemporary London’s Juicy June exhibition.

Elizabeth James- Colour in Motion
Artist Elizabeth James- Colour in Motion

Debut Contemporary provides a progressive platform for talented and ambitious artists to further their professional careers. It claims the unique title of being the only UK gallery providing a continuous professional development programme; something very rewarding for artists to explore innovative ways to market, network and secure income streams. Debut’s success continues the fortunes of its founders Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight. They are the force behind Salon Contemporary and Wolf & Badger,  achieving much acclaim and earning industry titles such as ‘One of the UK’s Most Powerful Couples in Art & Fashion’ (The Times Magazines), ‘Kingmakers of Creative Talent’ (International Life Magazine) and’London’s Top Tastemakers’ (Time Out London).

The June show exudes a rich eclectic mix of thought provoking themes and a welcomed array of colour. As with most shows, there are works of art that stand out to the subjective eye.

With Elizabeth James
With Elizabeth James

Elizabeth James continues to impress with photography that therapeutically and gracefully captures colour in motion. Elizabeth is also working on a project called “ART2HEAL” running at select spaces in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames ,providing art in health environments (wards, waiting rooms and therapy rooms) to promote healing via visual stimulation.

I particularly enjoyed Heloise Troop’s oil painting entitled “Just Right’ which shows the artist’s mastering of colour, tone and texture.

Equally appealing is Suzanne Huwae’s painting of Naomi   Campbell. Suzette graduated with a 1st BA Degree in Drawing Painting at HKU – Art Academy Utrecht, Holland.

Suzette Huwae
Suzette Huwae

She is based in London focused mainly on painting on canvas and ceramics. Her theme is colourful, strong multicultural women, as she believes that every woman should “Enjoy life in style and abundance to the full till it overflows”

Suzette  likes to pay attention to details, requiring her work to be unpredictable and exciting.

Naomi Campbell by Suzette Huwae
Naomi Campbell by Suzette Huwae

Whilst I would have preferred more information on each participate and each work at theopening, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and look forward to following each artist’s career. They undoubtedly will make their mark on our artistic landscape in years to come.

Debut Contemporary is located at 82 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill London W2 5R. Please visit the official website for further details on shows and artists.

For further information on Suzette please visit  For further information on Elizabeth and the Art2Heal initiative please visit

Official Debut Video