Hannah Dale

Canwood's Canwood Gallery

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Canwood Gallery is an art gallery set up with the goal of exhibiting thought provoking art within the beautiful and inspiring countryside of Herefordshire. Our profits will be donated to Bart’s Charity.

In 1970’s the gallery owner, then a farmer, became critically ill with leukemia, and was sent down to Bart’s hospital in London, to take part in a medical trial as a last ditch attempt to try and save his life. In between some pretty severe treatments, including radiation and mustard gas amongst many others, he decided to venture out and took a black cab and asked where he could go to see something different. The driver took him to the Tate and refused to take any fee. Upon walking into the Tate the first thing he saw and found great inspiration in was the controversial Carl Andre’s bricks. It was the first of many visits. Whether it was the inspiration from art or the treatment, or both, he was the only person in his batch of 12 to survive to this day.

It has always been his desire to give something back and to build a gallery in Herefordshire where people could experience interesting art for free.

What makes this project even more phenomenal and unknown at the time of commission, is the architect also had leukemia and was treated by Bart’s hospital under the very same doctor..

Chosen Fund

Cancer Immunopathology Research

Led by Professor John G Gribben, MD DSc FMedSci, Chair of Medical Oncology, the research is focusing on why a patient’s own immune system doesn’t recognise and kill their leukaemia. A major way that allogeneic stem cell transplants work is that the donor immune cells are able to see and attack the cancer cells. By comparing and contrasting how T cells are able to do this compared to how leukaemia cells manage to exploit the immune cells of the patient, we aim to find ways to activate the patient’s own immune cells to make them as active against the cancer as the donor cells are.

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