Graduate’s tribute to NHS staff to be publicly displayed


‘The Last Shift’, a beautiful, thought-provoking bas-relief sculpture by recent Art School graduate Dan Russell, has been donated for public display by the Freedom From Torture charity to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, in acknowledgement of the tremendous work of NHS staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Russell, who graduated from the Art School’s BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone course this year, designed and carved the ‘The Last Shift’ as one of his final year projects and exhibited the piece in the recent Degree Show.

Dan said: “I named this piece ‘The Last Shift’. My inspiration for this work has been the physicians, nurses and care staff that have been on the front line of the Covid outbreak, some of whom have sacrificed and lost their own lives. This life-size arrangement of the PPE (scrubs uniform and the respiratory protective mask) that physicians, nurses and care staff wear is carved in Portland stone.

Freedom From Torture (FFT) provide specialist psychological therapy to help asylum seekers and refugees who have survived torture, recover and rebuild their lives in the UK. The FFT Southeast London Support Group are raising funds to cover the costs of purchasing ‘The Last Shift’, and any additional monies raised will be given to the FFT Afghan Appeal.

‘The Last Shift’ is currently on display at The Studio, Linear House, Peyton Place, Greenwich SE10 8RS.

It can be viewed on Wednesday 17 November , 10:00-15:00 and on Thursday 30 November, 11:00-16:00. Anyone interested in hearing about the work being carried out by FFT to help Afghan refugees is invited to attend an open evening on Thursday 25 November.

For further details about Freedom From Torture, please visit and if you would like to donate to raise funds for ‘The Last Shift’, please make a transfer to the South East London Support Group’s bank account (Freedom From Torture, Sort Code 08-92-99 a/c 65529830. Ref: ‘’Last Shift”).




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