The Naked Soul
A short history of The Arts Project
The Arts Project was born in 2003 through a prism of light and reflection. An unloved and down at heels space separated two buildings linked to The Conference Centre at St Pancras Hospital where I worked as Medical Records Manager. This neglected space became alive with glimmers of possibility.
I had embarked on an evening photography course at the old Working Men's College in Holmes Rd Kentish Town and became inspired by the prospect of staging an exhibition that would transform the healthcare space into a gallery.
I was given the go ahead for an exhibition titled Reflection And Light and used this hand developed photograph as the signature image for the gallery and its first exhibition. I remember returning to the
gallery the next day after installing a range of very sensitive and personal photographs feeling as if my soul was now naked, both exposed and vulnerable. Life would never be the same again.
How true. Over the next 2 decades the gallery prospered via the structure of The Arts Project aided by financial support from various changing NHS Charitable Funds. As manager of a medical records department I realised that if management
skills were sound and solid the same principles apply to any product whether a medical record or a painting.
I welcomed and encouraged other artists. As a creative myself, it has always been possible for me to value links between management allied to the practises and extremes of creativity. I have always taken great pleasure in sharing this knowledge with others who may wish to learn and develop.
The Arts Project has survived and evolved over several decades and still shows no sign of abating.
Manager & Curator
The Arts Project has grown over nearly 2 decades since the first exhibition Reflections and Light in 2003 was presented in a key inner London location uniting arts and health care.
Since then we have presented over 375 themed exhibitions and supported over 600 artists from within creative staff, service users and communities local, nationally as well as internationally.
Located in two areas adjacent to Conference Centre rooms at St Pancras Hospital, our spacious galleries offer artists opportunities to create mixed media installations, display in a lighting controlled gallery space as well as a second linked gallery offering the power and possibilities of natural light.
In the Covid-19 era, we have increased our online digital presence, linked up with new supporting organisations while we enter a brave new world offering all the adventures of growth and possibilities in the linked worlds of art and health care.
Jane Palm Gold
Jane Palm-Gold lives in St Giles where she practices as an artist, curator and
historian. Twice a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her previous solo
exhibitions and works have featured on the Robert Elms Show BBC Radio
London, BBC London News, MTV Networks, NHK TV Japan and in the
Guardian, Independent, New Scientist, Current Archaeology and SKYArts
Tate Walks – William Hogarth. Her exhibition with Museum of London
Archaeology, London’s Underworld Unearthed: The Secret Life of the
Rookery received much critical and public acclaim in 2011.
In 2017, she organized for the Seven Dials Trust, the Roxy Club’s ‘People’s
Plaque’ unveiling and celebrations in Covent Garden and was commissioned
by Shaftesbury Plc to curate the accompanying exhibition, Fear and Loathing at the Roxy which featured the photographic works of Ray Stevenson and Derek Ridgers amongst others. In 2019, The Union Club, Soho, hosted her St. Giles retrospective exhibition, That This One Parish of St. Giles Hath Caused Us all the Mischief which featured works from both the London’s Underworld Unearthed and Regeneration City Blues exhibition (Covent Garden, 2015). Jane has exhibited in Leeds, London and the southeast and is a member of DACS and the Association of Illustrators.