NHS Stories public art project – Brighton Festival
On Sat 13 May, an exhibition of stunning photographic portraits comes to the streets of Brighton. Exploring the theme: ‘Healthcare is a Human Right’, this free and inclusive event takes place on Gloucester Road, between the North Laine Brewery, and the Basketmakers Arms, in the heart of the city.
Futurehealth Brighton is leading an Inside Out People’s Art Project to celebrate and defend the NHS, during the Brighton Festival. Huge images will be pasted up on one street in Brighton from 11am onwards, and at 2pm the art project will be declared open and a ribbon will be cut by celebrated GP – Clare Gerada.
This exciting, visually spectacular art event aims to show what is happening to the NHS on a human level, by letting people explain why they want to ‘SAVE OUR NHS’. The team, a GP, an events manager and a photographer, will be pasting the streets of Brighton with 50 portraits – big, beautiful, black and white photographs of people who care about a publicly funded NHS enough to stand up and say so, before it is eroded away by privatisation. Many of the portraits have their own NHS story that you can listen to through linked audio clips. The aim is to raise the public’s awareness of changes in the NHS, prior to the general election in June. They want people to debate what is really happening to real people as local health services change.
Inside Out, a creation of the artist JR, is a global participatory art project that transforms photographs of people into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the projects co- creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. This free exhibition will be documented, archived, and be made available online.