New Outdoor Exhibition Celebrates NHS Staff

Photographer Del Francis reveals the faces behind the masks in a series of photographic portraits of St George’s staff

In June last year, photographer and St George’s staff member Del Francis invited his colleagues to sit for a portrait during the pandemic, with the aim of honouring and thanking staff for their commitment as well as documenting greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced. The resulting exhibition, titled Portraits to a Life of Dedication, features 43 portraits that capture the inner strength, compassion and humanity of those working on the front line at St George’s Hospital.

Staff depicted have all played a critical role in the response to Coronavirus, giving an insight into individual personalities and diverse workforce who make St George’s Hospital. Del explains that “everyone who came along thought it was important to take part - to let the public know that behind their professional appearance was a human being with the same concerns, worries, highs and lows that we all feel.”

Developing this project during a pandemic meant that Del had to adapt how he usually works to follow social distancing guidelines to help keep participants safe. By hosting the exhibition outside patients and staff at the hospital will be able to see the exhibition safely, within government guidelines.

Portraits to a Life of Dedication will be on display in various outdoor locations around the St George’s Hospital until 30 April 2021 and also as an online exhibition here.

The exhibition has been organised by Arts St George’s part of St George’s Hospital Charity, in partnership with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Exhibition Details

Exhibition title:             Portraits to a Life of Dedication
Artist name:                 Del Francis
Exhibition dates:          26 February – 30 April 2021
Exhibition location:       Various outdoor locations at St George’s Hospital
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Image credit: © Del Francis, 2020

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About Arts St George’s

Arts St George's is the arts programme for St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, funded by St George's Hospital Charity. We provide opportunities for patients, families, staff and the wider community to engage with creative activities and enjoy cultural experiences, helping improve the experience of being in hospital.

We do this by working collaboratively with experienced artists, cultural organisations and our healthcare colleagues to offer a range of opportunities including creative workshops, live music, theatre performances, temporary exhibitions, permanent displays of our art collection and much more.

About St George’s Hospital Charity

Every day, St George’s Hospital Charity makes a real difference to patients, their families and friends, and the staff who care for them. We give grants and raise funds to improve facilities, provide equipment, enable ground-breaking research and support staff wellbeing.

The work of St George’s Hospital Charity wouldn’t be possible without the support of the donors, grants, foundations and individual fundraisers who all assist us in our work. If you want to find out more about St George’s Hospital Charity you can find us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.