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St Clement’s inspires Art Exhibition

An art exhibition, which showcases work inspired by St Clement’s Hospital, Suffolk’s last Victorian asylum, will be on show in Ipswich from 22 May to 2 June 2012.

The exhibition, called Remnants, comprises textile pieces produced by the St Clement’s History Project and will be on show at the site itself on Foxhall Road.

The St Clement’s History Project is a joint initiative between Inside Out Community arts group, Red Rose Chain theatre and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to commemorate the 140 years history of the hospital and raise awareness of mental health issues.

Inside Out led workshops with service users, Trust staff, students and members of a local embroidery group over a period of several months to produce the art work for the exhibition.

Juliet Lockhart, who led the group work, said: “The art work – or ‘vessels’ – all represent the environment of St Clement’s in various ways. Some contain rubbings made from the brickwork of the building and others contain leaves and flowers from the grounds that have been incorporated into the surface of the vessels.

“We worked within the hospital grounds so that the group could be inspired by the buildings and gardens. The artists used techniques such as printmaking, collage, stitching, painting and text to produce their final pieces.”

The exhibition will take place in the Jubilee Room at St Clement’s during Red Rose Chain’s production of Different Buttons, a play based upon the real-life experiences of the service users and staff of St Clement’s Hospital.

The exhibition will be open from 6.00pm during evening performances and from 3.00pm during the Sunday matinee. More details about the play and exhibition can be found at www.smhp.nhs.uk/stclements

Highlights from the exhibition will also be available to view at Ipswich Library from 18 June to 24 June 2012.

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