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Area NewsReview Anita Klein

here is a new artist in our midst. Anita Klein, whose art is almost instantly recognisable when you see it, has recently moved into Lauderdale Tower – and divides her time mostly between studios in London and in Italy. Anita studied at Chelsea and has


exhibited her prints and paintings extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. In 2003 she was elected president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and she has work in many private and public collections including the Arts Council England and the British Museum.

holidays, the very moments we should most value are almost always ignored and forgotten. Anita's prints are often used as sketches for large oil and acrylic paintings which are exhibited regularly in London and elsewhere by Advanced Graphics London and The Fine Art Partnership. A fair amount of Anita’s work is autobiographical – drawing particularly on a stylised combination of herself and her daughter in her paintings. This also means there are a number of her works which are Barbican-based, and titled – see Breakfast in the Barbican pictured. She also has a new book of her paintings out as well called Anita Klein – Through the looking glass.

City of London LINk

he City of London LINk is responsible for scrutinizing all health and social care services for those who live and work in the Square Mile. The LINk has authority given by government to: ask questions; demand answers and inspect services on the ground (with or without prior notice) to ensure that we get the very best performing services.


Anita’s work celebrates the small domestic moments we all share. She says that these everyday events are what she would miss most “if it all was taken away”. While family photo albums record our lives as one long round of birthdays and

The LINk membership consists of individuals, residents, workers and representatives from organisations. Anyone can join, and from this membership a Steering Group is elected. The Steering Group is given the task of ensuring it acts in the interests of our population, both as a critical friend and to hold providers to account. LINks are successors to Patient and Public Involvement Forums (PPIFs) and Community Health Councils (CHCs). Where necessary, we can report issues to Secretary of State or regulatory authorities as appropriate. Next year, under the Health and Social Care Bill, currently going through parliament, the LINk will be renamed HealthWatch, retaining our duty to monitor providers, but also potentially being responsible for supplying more information to individuals, and supporting those who are dealing with providers. However, even with this change, the government wants us to remain an organisation steered by the public as volunteers – putting us at the very forefront of the Big Society project.

One of the most powerful things we can do is look at people’s experiences of health

and social care services as a whole. For example, we’re examining what works and what doesn’t as patients are discharged from hospital, including patient transport and being handed on to local community services - all run by different organisations. We’re also looking closely at Mental Health provision and its take up in the City. The LINk is its membership, and the members decide what we do. If you have any interest in health or social care. Membership is free and you can take part as actively as you wish: becoming an inspector yourself; taking part in consultations; advising on the direction that services may move in forthcoming changes; or simply keeping abreast of what changes are taking place locally via our quarterly newsletter. For more information about the City of London LINk please look at our website:

Circus Stars – Summer Reading Challenge 2011

year’s circus-themed Summer Reading Challenge to life on 4 August. Despite the last-minute venue change due to the rain, more than 50 children and parents attended the ‘CIRCUS STARS’ event at the Barbican Library.

T Emmanuel the

Magnificent teaching Wallace, Michael, Henry and Charlotte the circus art of plate spinning.

he City of London’s Barbican Children’s Library and City Gardens teamed up to bring this

Anita Klein’s new book of her paintings – available from Amazon at £21.24

The free, drop-in circus workshop involved all sorts of reading and craft activities for children and a chance to learn some circus skills. The event was part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Circus performer ‘Emmanuel the Magnificent’ demonstrated his juggling, diabolo and acrobatics abilities. Then it was the children’s turn to learn plate-spinning and other brilliant circus skills.

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