A new photography exhibition is giving visitors a glimpse into life at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex.
The exhibition, called #ForTheNow, showcases the different aspects of the hospice by focusing on two children, Charlotte and Jacob, and members of the hospice’s care team. It is the brainchild of photographer Sophie Mitchell, who wants people to see inside their world and what Chestnut Tree House is really like.
“This collaboration between myself and The Green Tree Gallery is uncharted territory; to put on a completely non-profit show as a way of raising awareness for such a valuable cause is not something we have done before. We wanted to raise awareness, to shine a light on the work that the charity does. Photographers are story tellers and although the images do not catalogue every aspect of Chestnut Tree House they hope to provide a vivid insight into its personality.
“Creating this series of images has been an overwhelming experience, to step outside of my world and photograph another that’s so far removed from my own. I set out to tell Chestnut Tree House’s story, to engage and ask questions. These images are my personal perspective of the joyous, warm, homely oasis that is Chestnut Tree House.”
A small, independent gallery, The Green Tree Gallery has been celebrating its 10th birthday this year by supporting Chestnut Tree House throughout the year. The gallery’s year-long campaign aims to raise both funds and awareness and included ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’, an exhibition inspired by Chestnut Tree House, which was opened by local MP Sir Nicholas Soames.
Jill Housby of the gallery said:
“Right from conception, the whole ethos of the Gallery has been to promote local endeavour, and so to mark our 10th anniversary year, we really wanted to help our local children’s hospice.”
Samantha Phillips, who jointly runs the gallery with Jill, added:
“Having visited Chestnut Tree House and been moved by the very valuable work carried out there, we were determined to try and help the charity in any way we could during our 10th year.”