Portrait of Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, the octogenarian adventurer, has done significantly in his existence, a legendary explorer and conservationist, writer of some 20 textbooks and as the president of a charity of his have creation, Survival Intercontinental. His most significant risk arrived not on some wild, distant mountain currently being kidnapped by Afghan tribesmen or capsizing in a swamp complete of caimans in the Amazon, instead it arrived from Covid-19. He was struck down in a 49-day struggle in which medical practitioners gave him a 20 for each cent prospect of survival.

He contracted the virus early previous March, a couple of times right after returning from a skiing journey in France. There, according to his wife, Louella, he experienced been ‘skiing like a demon’ before slipping nearly fatally sick. Hanbury-Tenison had no fundamental health and fitness problems, and, yet, inside 24-hrs of his arrival at Derriford Clinic in Plymouth he was sedated and place on a ventilator for five months with failing lungs and kidneys.

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Robin Hanbury-Tenison in 1972

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It is this expertise that has prompted his newest endeavour, as the painted topic in a new exhibition by the Loads Highway Group of artists. The exhibition, opening on Tuesday 27 July, is entitled ‘Beyond the Door’ and is the outcome of the very last year or so of lockdowns. It will function portraits by 15 artists established in the course of the pandemic, which are representative of the ‘unprecedented’, to use a little something of a buzzword, time – whether the subject has had Covid or they are someone the artist has spent lockdown with.

Hanbury-Tenison claims that it was currently being wheeled out, riddled with tubes, into the 1st ICU healing back garden in the state that woke him up and saved his daily life. In a foreword to the exhibition, Hanbury-Tenison explains that he has, ‘so considerably elevated about £120,000 for therapeutic gardens in hospitals and the Royal Cornwall Medical center Back garden will be opening this month.’ The Heaps Highway Group will persuade contributions to this worthwhile result in at the exhibition.

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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

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Regarding the exhibition’s title, the Plenty Road Team describes: ‘The doorways to our residences have been both of those bulwarks in opposition to a dangerous environment and a indicates of escape from confinement. The phrase “beyond” in the title of the exhibition is intentionally ambiguous, enabling exploration of equally inside and exterior worlds by way of the medium of portraiture.’ Found in Bermondsey’s lively creative region, this exhibition will be well really worth likely to see, for the Hanbury-Tenison oil portray by Sarah Reynolds on your own.

‘Beyond the Door – portraits and other modern work’ runs at the Bermondsey Venture Room, 185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW from Tuesday 27-Saturday 31 July 2021, 11am-6pm

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