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15 June 2013

Greenhouse of Hearts

still from a short film, showing an image of several leaf-like, transparent hearts hanging from branches

As part of DAO’s Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, film-maker Dolly Sen was commissioned to produce a short documentary exploring the relationship Portugal Prints has with the Royal Academy of Arts access programme. 'Greenhouse of Hearts' highlights the inspired, dynamic work that this small project is delivering.

Portugal Prints is an innovative mental health project based in central London operating as a commercial print business as well as a charity.

Portugal Prints is part of Westminster Mind and supports people recovering from mental illness by offering members the chance to use their creativity in a commercial art and design studio as a stepping-stone back into work, training and education.

Dolly Sen's film 'Greenhouse of Hearts' was commissioned to highlight the amazing, inspired, dynamic work that this small project is producing, looking at the model of practice that has been developed between Royal Academy of Arts and Portugal Prints.

Dolly says: “We are in a time of cuts in arts, and I wanted to show what society and the arts gain from a project like Portugal Prints, and what it would lose if it were to disappear. The documentary follow the stories of the staff and participants, and the history of the project itself in a celebratory film about the heart of Portugal Prints, and how the RA access programme nurtures that heart.”