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Summer Exhibition edit: St.Christopher’s Hospice

Tamsin Dives


Friday 18 August 2017
3 — 3.30pm

Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2017

events programme
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St. Christopher’s Hospice workshop in 'Sensing Spaces' 2014

For this tour, join music therapist Tamsin Dives to explore her selection of this year’s Summer Exhibition.

St Christopher’s Hospice is in Sydenham, South East London. Founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders nearly 50 years later, her words still remain at the heart of everything they do: “You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life.” The vision of the hospice is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need it. Each person is unique and care is tailored to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms.

Art plays a vital role in patient care and the hospice has had a longstanding relationship with the RA. The hospice has been bringing patients up to the Royal Academy to visit exhibitions and to work with RA community artists on creating work. Evaluations tell us that patients benefit from increased confidence, motivation, self-discovery, a sense of achievement, affirmation and celebration.

Tamsin Dives trained initially at the Guildhall School of Music, gaining the AGSM in 1982. For 22 years she pursued a diverse career as an opera and concert singer. In 2005 she returned to the Guildhall to retrain as a Music Therapist. Since qualifying she has worked with adults with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour, brain injury and children with emotional and behavioural problems. She is now Arts Team lead and works as a Music Therapist at St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London.

This tour is part of a series of special tours with Learning programmes and partners who takeover this year’s Summer Exhibition Edit programme, which invites guests to select five works in this year’s Summer Exhibition that intrigue them the most.

We invite you to accompany them as they describe why their chosen works have captured their imagination. Each tour last approximately 30 minutes.

The event has limited capacity, headsets for the tour will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

This event will be BSL interpreted.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Friday 18 August 2017

3 — 3.30pm

Meet in the Wohl Central Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Free with exhibition entry. No booking required.