Art of London - Take A Moment 2022
NHS DOCTOR AND TV PRESENTER DR RANJ SINGH UNVEILS ‘ART OF LONDON PRESENTS TAKE A MOMENT 2022’ NEW, FREE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY RAY BURMISTON SHOWCASED IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS TO RAISE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
• NHS doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj unveils over 100 striking celebrity
photographs in new exhibition for mental health awareness, including Kate
Moss, Helena Bonham Carter, David Walliams, Grayson Perry, Alesha
Dixon, Holly Willoughby, James Corden, Richard Ayoade, Laura Whitmore, Joe Wicks and many more.
• The 'Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’ exhibition, curated by
artist and photographer Ray Burmiston, is supported by Westminster City
Council and runs for four weeks on Piccadilly Lights with portraits also exhibited physically in gallery directly underneath.
‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’ with Ray Burmiston. To help raise
mental health awareness take a selfie and tag @PiccadillyLights on Instagram with #TakeAMoment2022.
[Wednesday 9th March 2022, London, UK] ‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’,
a new photography exhibition and collaboration with photographer and artist Ray Burmiston in
Piccadilly Circus, has been officially opened by the NHS doctor and TV presenter Ranj Singh, whose
portrait also features in the mental health project.
NHS doctor and TV presenter, Ranj Singh, today joins a huge collective of A-listers featuring in ‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’ who want to communicate the positive mental benefits of pausing for a moment. Over one hundred A-list stars have closed their eyes for mental health, including David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Kate Moss, Richard Ayoade, Helena Bonham Carter, Ricky Gervais, Grayson Perry, Mel B, James Corden, Nish Kumar, and many
others from the worlds of entertainment and sport.
Art of London’s world-class arts exhibition is now live on Europe’s largest advertising display, the
Piccadilly Lights, and in a physical gallery directly underneath the famous advertising boards, supported by Westminster City Council. The free photography exhibition, which reminds people to take a moment to look after their mental health, will run until early April. Landsec, which owns the Piccadilly Lights, donated the screen time for free in support of the campaign.
‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’ encourages the public to snap a selfie and share their own moment of reflection on Instagram in March. The exhibition will culminate in early April with a ten-minute video featuring hundreds of celebrity and public portraits, curated by Ray Burmiston, who shared their selfies to help raise awareness of mental health.
As part of the exhibition, Art of London will install a pop-up photography studio underneath the Piccadilly Lights, twice in March, where West End visitors can have their own moment of reflection professionally captured by Ray Burmiston. Ray Burmiston has also photographed local legends working at iconic institutions in the West End, including New West End Company, The Wolseley and Burlington Arcade, who all feature in the new exhibition. The photographer also captured the cast of Magic Mike Live (Jake Brewer, Charlie Knight, Mark Lace, Brian Siregar; The Hippodrome), Thomas Aldridge (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Palace Theatre), Aisha Jawando (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical; Aldwych Theatre), Karl Queensborough (Hamilton; Victoria Palace Theatre), and Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins; Prince Edward Theatre).
‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’ is part of a surge of activations and outdoor exhibitions transforming the iconic West End area. The photography exhibition follows other phenomenal arts attractions that took place in 2021, including the Augmented Gallery, several Pop-Up Art Exhibitions, the Piccadilly Art Takeover and Trail, with plenty more to come later in 2022. Culture seekers can also discover a raft of spectacular arts destinations to visit using Art of London’s handy online guides, filled with world-class art galleries, theatres, museums, institutions and pop-ups to explore in the West End.
Businesses in the West End district, including the Burlington Arcade and Waterstones, will feature
photography from the exhibition and encourage members of the public to stop and ‘Take A Moment’ and think about their mental health.
Dr Ranj Singh, NHS doctor and Television Presenter, who features in the exhibition, said: “I’m
delighted to launch and feature in Art of London and Ray Burmiston’s stunning photography exhibition, which will help remind everyone to take a moment each day to look after their mental health. This powerful photography project is an important reminder to pause and address our feelings and mental health - go see it and don’t forget to take a selfie for Instagram!”
Ray Burmiston, Take A Moment artist and photographer, said “Over the years I’ve been fortunate
to work with some incredibly talented people who have not only allowed me to capture their ‘moment’ but also to share it part of this exhibition. It fills me with immense pride, that the idea of everyone taking a moment together, has become a reality on Piccadilly Lights, the biggest stage London has to offer.
Mark Williams, Director of Art of London, said: “We’re delighted to see Dr Ranj Singh unveil Art of
London Presents Take A Moment 2022 – today’s launch not only strengthens the sheer amount of free public art in the West End but it is importantly addressing mental health issues in one of the world’s busiest locations.
Whether experiencing the art exhibition on the Piccadilly Lights or in the gallery underneath, I hope Ray’s photographs inspire people throughout March to close their eyes and take a moment of calm. The West End is a phenomenal artistic hub and I’m delighted that iconic businesses in the area are supporting this important campaign, by exhibiting Ray’s artwork and creating an environment for people to take a moment.”
Derek Manns, Commercial Media Director at Landsec, said: “Piccadilly Lights is a world famous and
iconic destination with over 100 million people visiting the space every year. One in five people say they visit Piccadilly Circus just to take a picture of the unique advertising display and we hope this encourages people to visit Piccadilly, take a selfie and learn more about looking after their own mental health.”
Councillor Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning at
Westminster City Council, said: “The ‘Take a Moment’ campaign is timely and worthwhile and we are
incredibly honoured as a council to be able to provide our support. As life picks up pace again after a tumultuous two years, it feels more important than ever for everyone to check in on their mental health. The pop-up gallery below the lights is a unique oasis of calm in the heart of London. I encourage both West End residents and visitors alike to experience this fantastic free exhibition and enjoy a moment of stillness”.
Dr Ranj Singh pictured launching ‘Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2022’, a unique
collaboration between photographer Ray Burmiston and Art of London, running at the
Piccadilly Lights from 9th March – 6th April. To help raise mental health awareness in
March, take a selfie and tag @PiccadillyLights on Instagram with #TakeAMoment2022.
Visit http://artoflondon.co.uk/takeamoment for further details.
The physical gallery directly underneath Piccadilly Lights will be open between 11:00-19:00.
48 Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street London W1.
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