Freedom to Be – supporting shielding patients with creativity

The Freedom to Be programme was rapidly co-designed and delivered by the Free Space Project in the summer of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to an urgent request by two GPs to support “shielding” patients in Camden. These patients were defined at being at high risk of complications if they were to contract Coronavirus, and therefore extremely vulnerable and were required to shield and self-isolate. The Free Space Project are the in-house arts and community charity based within Kentish Town Health Centre in London. The charity came together with GPs across two of their supporting surgeries to creatively problem solve. They decided creating high quality art boxes that were delivered by staff on bikes, followed by weekly themed activities over a six week period.

17 patients took part in the Freedom to Be project and an exhibition of artwork was prepared and installed in April 2021 by the Charity Co-ordinator Antonia Attwood. Antonia was also commissioned to produce this short film to promote and document the project. The film centres on two patients, plus GP Dr Alex Hirst and the Free Space project Artistic Director Daniel Regan. Each is describing their experiences, prompted by questions from Helen Shearn.

Watch the film below.

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Published 13 July 2021

Antonia Attwood

Artistic Director

Free Space Project