Submit To Love Studios: Collaboration is Key

Waterloo Festival thrives on creative partnerships, on bringing professionals from the world of arts and music to collaborate with and showcase their wonderful work to our communities in Waterloo, Lambeth and - thanks to the marvels of the internet - elsewhere. We hear more from Hart Club, a local organisation championing neurodiversity in the Arts

At Hart Club, we work with a variety of different organisations and charities that host what we call supported studios. These are creatively nourishing environments where people with disabilities are able to access resources and specialised support to fulfil their unique expressive potential.

Headway East London's art studio Submit To Love

One of the most dynamic studios we work with is called Submit To Love which is part of Headway East London, a charity that supports brain injury survivors. The studio is home to a collective of mainly self-taught artists with some members having been in attendance for over a decade.

One of Hart Club’s highlights of last year was hosting the debut solo show of an artist called Paul Wright titled Carry on Del Boy. This vibrant exhibition was a homage to the very best in nostalgic popular culture, featuring iconic English characters such as Peggy Mitchell, Captain Mainwaring and the Only Fool’s and Horses entourage.

Paul's paintings hanging in the Submit To Love art studios

Paul experienced a traumatic brain injury in 2007, which left him with long-term disabilities affecting his short-term memory, movement and communication. After nearly a decade of attending Headway East London, Paul’s passing interest in art was transformed in 2018 when the charity’s studio introduced him to Artist-In-Residence, Stephen Wright.

Paul and Steven at the Submit To Love art studios and at the House of Dreams Museum.

Stephen is an artist living and working in London, best known for his life’s project The House of Dreams Museum - an eclectic installation of memories, sculptures and mosaics that envelopes the entirety of the ground floor of Stephen’s home and garden in East Dulwich. Stephen’s dedicated attention and encouragement enabled Paul’s artistic confidence to flourish. What followed was a collaborative partnership exploring colour, scale, character and pattern which developed into Paul’s personal direction emerging.

Paul Wrights's celebrity portraits

Slideshow of Paul's exhibition at Hart Club