Screw Jeremy Hunt, Let's Paint
Hackney Downs Studios resident Chairman Kato used to be a doctor in Accident and Emergency, now he's an artist. This places him uniquely to respond creatively to the recent cuts imposed by the current government on the NHS, now Kato is extending an open invitation to the medical profession to come to A-side B-side gallery and make some art with him. As Kato said, this 'has nothing to do with a painting hanging in a gallery... it's a way of making sense of things, a way of coming up with new approaches to issues that seem unsolveable'.
'As a former doctor in Accident and Emergency and now full time artist, Chairman Kato knows about the pressures of working in the NHS and the transformative power of creativity. In the wake of recent government moves to impose paycuts on the already overstretched medical profession, he has decided to bring the two worlds together.
Whatever your stance on the right of doctors to protest the changes, it cannot be disputed that morale amongst the medical profession is low, with many considering leaving the country or job altogether. It cannot be disputed that this is not a good thing.
Kato will be taking over a gallery in east London from Friday onwards and would like to extend an open invitation to the medical profession to come down and make some art with him. Come hang out, talk it over, paint, doodle, write- whatever you feel like doing. No prior experience is necessary. All doctors are welcome to come get stuck in. Members of the public are invited to come enjoy it all unfolding too. Basic materials will be provided but if you have some favourite paints/pencils etc please bring them.
Art has the power to transform lives because it has nothing to do with a painting hanging in a gallery and everything to do with thinking for ourselves. It’s a way of making sense of things, a way of coming up with new approaches to issues that seem unsolvable. At times like this we need to come together. We need community. We need relief.'