Home Painting: Thank You NHS

Painting: Thank You NHS



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A3 acrylic painting on canvas board depicting an NHS worker. The subject is holding their hand in a 'peace' sign above their head in front of a rainbow background. The subject is wearing blue PPE - a mask, gloves, goggles, gown and head covering which reflects that worn by NHS staff in hospitals.

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This painting depicts a person of colour working for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. The painting is a thank you tribute from the artist to key workers in the NHS who worked throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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From the exhibition 'We Are All In This Together: Hackney during the pandemic' [8 March - 4 June 2022]

For clinically vulnerable people the pandemic has meant having to isolate themselves in their own homes and limit the number of people they come into contact with, to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Nadine Rawlins suffers from medical conditions that cause her chronic pain and fatigue. Prior to the pandemic she relied on Carers to support her at home.

“It was really hard for me during the lockdown. I usually have Carers 3 times a day but due to me being vulnerable, I had to stop my Carers coming for over a year which meant my husband and teenage daughter had to take care of all my caring needs.”

In spring 2020 Nadine was admitted to Guys Hospital for emergency surgery to have a wisdom tooth extracted. She painted Thank you NHS based on her experiences of the staff keeping her safe during the operation, and to say thank you to all the NHS staff working during the pandemic.

“I thought… Thank You NHS for all you are doing during Covid. I chose to paint a person of colour as so many ethnic minorities who worked for the NHS had died and I wanted to give thanks for their amazing ability to be so selfless and help Covid 19 patients.”

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