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Wellcome Collection expansion

The Wellcome Collection on Euston Road is planning a £17.5m expansion to create more exhibition space, a new youth events studio and expanded public space. The expansion, due to begin next summer and to be completed by June 2014, has been planned to cope with increased visitor numbers and demand for Wellcome events.


Pop-Up Tea Room Project Wins Community Impact Award

An arts project at one of Central & Cecil’s sheltered housing schemes in St John’s Wood has won an award for its outstanding work in improving the local community.

Arts for Life Launched By Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity

The Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity has launched “Arts for Life”, a three year arts programme for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, Christie’s and the Royal College of Music, the Charity will develop a series of programmes to integrate arts and health.

As a starting point, the Charity is announcing the formation of an Arts Advisory Board which will assist the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to further its work in the use of arts in health.

BlindArt Collection Donated to Moorfields Eye Hospital

BlindArt – a charity which promotes artists; both sighted and visually impaired, to showcase work which encourages the participation of visually impaired people in the visual arts has announced that its BlindArt Collection will be housed at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London from October 2012. Moorfields was founded in 1804 and is the oldest and one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in the world.

Breathe, a major new work by artist Dryden Goodwin opens on 8 October

The work will be displayed on a large video screen positioned on Gassiot House at St Thomas’ Hospital, clearly visible from Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Artist Dryden Goodwin has created an animation from over a thousand pencil drawings showing the breathing of his five-year-old son.


London Voluntary Services Council has appointed a new Chief Executive, Eithne Rynne who previously worked at Greater London Volunteering. 

The Old Operating Theatre Museum joins National Trust

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret formally became a National Trust Partner at the beginning of September. The Partnership is a new venture between the National Trust and a selection of small, independent heritage attractions and museums within London. The Partnership aims to bring enhanced benefits to National Trust members living in London or for those visiting the capital for a day out, helping to provide increased opportunities to explore our rich and diverse heritage.

Dragon Café opens – 1 October

The Dragon Café is the latest creative endeavour from Mental Fight Club; it is a relaxing café and imaginative space open to all, located in the crypt of St George the Martyr Church, opposite Borough tube station. The café will open its doors every Monday from 10 am – 8 pm from Monday 1 October 2012. The Dragon Café will provide a simple, affordable and delicious weekly menu and a spacious chill-out area. It will also host a creative programme - workshops, exhibitions and performances based on monthly themes which explore the experience of mental illness, recovery and wellbeing.

‘We Are All Born Free’, new exhibition from GO Create @ GOSH and Amnesty International UK

The exhibition presents a series of illustrations depicting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The illustrations are all taken from the award-winning book ‘We Are All Born Free’ and include drawings from Korky Paul, who illustrated the Winnie the Witch stories, and Axel Scheffler, famed for his work on the Gruffalo.

The exhibition, in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building will be accompanied by a series of creative art workshops throughout June and July.  NB. THIS EXHIBITION SPACE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Big Squeeze annual survey 2012 – deadline 11 June

This is the fourth year of LVSC's annual Big Squeeze survey, which looks at the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on London's voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the people who use their services. Reports summarise the survey results and include recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and LVSC.

Last year’s survey produced findings including:


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