The Tavistock and Portman NHS Centre

Other 005The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and Centre is a specialist mental health trust based in north London. The Foundation was established in 1982 to support the work of the Tavistock Clinic and its innovative approaches to improving mental health and preventing ill-health. They  specialise in areas of family mental health, young people and gender identity development.

The Tavistock Centre is home to a public gallery programme housed by the library, where Tall Tales will be sited as part of London leg of the tour. It is also home to a diverse art collection, the paintings of which have now gone live on the BBC art archive website, ‘Your Paintings’.

The collection began in 1990 by Caroline Garland, a renowned psychoanalyst and writer who engaged local artists and championed the principle of good art in public buildings.

The Trust’s art collection is particularly unique because it consists entirely of modern and contemporary paintings, the oldest work in the building by Anthony Whishaw (RA) ‘Arcos de la Frontera’, dates back to 1960. There is wide variety of styles and subject matter in our collection, ranging from figurative work such as Tony Rothon’s portrait of a young arts student to Carlos de Lin’s bright graphic painting of the Centre Point building.

Tall Tales will be showcasing a selection of the collections artworks by artist Margarete Beger-Hamerschlag, which travel throughout the national tour. More information about the work can be found on her artist’s page.

Tall Tales will be showcasing in the Centre’s Library gallery area between 21 March – 8 May 2016.  For more information about the Tavistock Centre, including opening times and directions please click here