On Monday 7th March, Saxton Bampfylde was delighted to have the opportunity to support a fundraising event with mental health charity, Hospital Rooms, as part of International Women’s Day 2022.
Hospital Rooms commissions extraordinary artworks for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK. It shares the vision that art has the power to provide joy and dignity and to stimulate and heal, and for all people in mental health wards to have the freedom to experience extraordinary artworks.
In England, around one in five women has a common mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or self-harm. Social and economic factors can put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men. Over the past year Hospital Rooms has been working at Bethlem Mother and Baby Unit in Croydon, a specialist service for women who develop a mental illness or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy, and women who have developed postnatal depression, post partum psychosis or have had a relapse of serious mental illness following the birth of their baby. It is one of only a handful of units in England where women can stay with their baby while receiving treatment.
Hospital Rooms are proud to work with a majority of women artists and are incredibly grateful to Sonia Boyce, Cornelia Parker, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Eileen Cooper for supporting them, and in turn people accessing mental health services, through these posters that were unveiled at the event.
All four posters will be launched for sale at midday on 8th March on the Hospital Rooms website. All funds raised will go towards their work to continue bringing extraordinary art and creative activity to people in mental health services.