Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2023

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Art of London Presents Take A Moment is back for 2023, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Presented via our collaboration with Take A Moment, this impactful initiative aims to raise awareness about mental health in London’s West End.

Event Info

Date & Time

August 08 – October 13


Piccadilly Lights, Piccadilly Circus, London, UK

The exhibition features hundreds of famous faces captured with their eyes closed by renowned photographer Ray Burmiston, serving as a poignant reminder to prioritise mental well-being and health.

Discover an incredible art initiative brought to the West End by Art of London in collaboration with Take A Moment and renowned photographer Ray Burmiston, all focused on raising awareness about mental health. Curated by Take A Moment’s director, Lara Journo-Leggatt, Art of London Presents Take A Moment launched on the Piccadilly Lights, with a heartfelt tribute to Caroline Flack by Olly Murs. Shown on the Piccadilly Lights was a touching photograph of Olly Murs closing his eyes to honour the memory of Caroline Flack, at her namesake festival ‘Flackstock’.

Week after week, visitors to the West End can spot new famous faces on the Piccadilly Lights. Coming up in September the National Portrait Gallery will host a photography display concluding on World Mental Health Day (10th October). The display will showcase thousands of pictures of stars and public figures who support mental health awareness on the Piccadilly Lights.

Inspiring London’s West End to prioritise their mental health, this year, you have a chance to be part of the art alongside your favourite stars on the Piccadilly Lights and in the National Portrait Gallery on World Mental Health Day by sending in your selfies here ahead of 25th September.

The exhibition features new portraits of A-listers including Brian Cox, Fatboy Slim, Louis Theroux, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, Hannah Waddingham, Ellie Simmonds, Warwick Davis, Ashley Banjo, Noel Fielding, Olly Murs, Ruth Wilson, Aisling Bea, Eddie Izzard, Yungblud, Damien Lewis, Emily Atak, Milly Alcock, Peter and Junior Andre, and Oti Mabuse.

Returning favourites from last year include Stephen Fry, Mel B, Kylie Minogue, Idris Elba, Ricky Gervais, Anthony Joshua, Helena Bonham Carter, Grayson Perry, and James Corden. Alongside the 300 portraits of national treasures and West End stars, the exhibition includes new pictures of Joe Wicks and Alesha Dixon, as well as portraits of key workers and a cancer patient who sadly lost her battle with the disease a few days after her picture was taken.

Follow @theartofldn, find out more about Art of London Presents Take A Moment 2023.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, there are some exceptional resources around to help. We’ve put together a list of charities and organisations that specialise in mental health that you can reach out to for support.

Written by: chris ciniglio

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