A Busy Month For Portugal Prints

August has been a truly outstanding month for our creative arts project, Portugal Prints. This month, they’ve been busy working away in the and have been popping up all around London, from the V&A Museum, to the Royal Academy of Arts and even in the Big Issue!


Art from Portugal Prints to feature in Mind Calendar

We’re delighted to confirm that six Portugal Prints artists have had their art-work selected for Mind’s 2019 calendar. The 2019 calendar will be available to buy from Mind in November 2018. We think these works are a great reflection of the real talent in the Portugal Prints group and are so pleased to have been chosen.

Portugal Prints ran a taster session on 1st August, celebrating the spirit of the wonderful Frida Kahlo ahead of the group’s visit to the ‘Making Herself Up’ Kahlo exhbition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 8th August. The group used a fruit still life to emulate the famous painter’s folksy Mexican art.

On the 10th August, Portugal Prints attended the Community Partners Celebration party at the Royal Academy of Arts to help celebrate the Academy’s 250 year anniversary. Mike Hughes demonstrated his creative skills extended far beyond wielding a paintbrush as he entertained guests with classical guitar set. A great evening was had by all, joining in the workshops in the wonderful art studio in the RA’s new building. The group took the opportunity to explore the Summer Exhibition and the permanent collection with the RA’s wonderful volunteer tour guides.

Then, in mid August, one of the PP artists gained paid work experience, in the exciting role of facilitating an art workshop and visit to the RA’s ‘Great Spectacle’ exhibition. Another of our artists, Paul Turner, has also been invited to be interviewed for an academic research study led by the Central Saint Martins Museum & study Collection, which is part of University of the Arts London.  The interview will be written up in a chapter for a book titled ‘Objects for Learning and Wellbeing: Exploring Material Connections’ and is to be published by Routledge in 2019.  

Our artists are not just making waves at some of London’s most prestigious art institutions – their work is just as popular in the galleries as it is on the streets of London, with two pieces being featured in the Big Issue’s online shop. Check out Chris Bird’s ‘Winter Trees’ piece and more great works on the Big Issue website. Chris also currently has worked featured in the ‘Art of Caring’ exhibition at the Saint Pancras gallery and was recently interviewed about the exhibition for a forthcoming film!

Feeling inspired?If you fancy trying your hand at any of our Portugal Prints taster sessions, we encourage you to get in touch. Our next taster session will be on Wednesday 5th September from 1.30pm -3.30pm. Our taster sessions are a great opportunity to spend an afternoon with Portugal Prints, find out more about the project and to be inspired by the work created in the studio. Everyone is welcome – both service users and mental health professionals. The taster sessions take place at Arlington House, 220 Arlington Rd, Camden, London, NW1 7HE


Coming up next month….

The Portugal Prints design group will be working on their latest commission for the Royal Academy of Arts –  producing the Large Print Gallery Guides for the Renzo Piano exhibition which opens mid September.  

Check out the screening of the ‘Art of Caring’ film at the St Pancras Hospital Conference, created for the closing of the exhibition.

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