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Show and Tell: Art and the Asylum

Part of Scratch the Surface - DIALOGUE 2017 mental health arts festival, curated by Collective//Pod

Since at least the 19th century, mental health service users have been creating art in psychiatric settings. Many of their paintings, sculptures and drawings are kept in outsider art and hospital collections around the world. 

But why were these items created and kept? 

Focusing on the Bethlem Royal Hospital (the original “Bedlam”) art collections and archive, explore art by David Beales, Gwyneth Rowlands and more in this fascinating talk.

Suitable for age 16+

Free | Booking not required


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Image credit: Adele Mary Reed

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