Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Frames of Mind

'Broach schizophrene'Brian Charnley (1949-1991)

Frames of Mind: Creativity in Mental Healthcare Exhibition

Discover historic artworks of international renown from the collections of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the original Bedlam, alongside contemporary artworks created by artists supported by the Bethlem Gallery. Over 30 different artists are represented including Richard Dadd, William Kurelek, Stanley Lench, Jonathan Martin, Marion Patrick, Cynthia Pell, Charles Sims and Louis Wain. The main gallery is dedicated to the display of 50 paintings, drawings, digital images, sculptures and ceramics dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day. All of these remarkable works have been created by people who have experienced mental health problems. Also in this gallery you can see videos of artists working with Bethlem Gallery and listen to oral history interviews with mental health service users and providers. In the smaller gallery you can discover the history of mental healthcare from the foundation of Bethlem Hospital in 1247 to the present day. A timeline illustrates the individual and linked histories of Bethlem Royal Hospital, Warlingham Park Hospital and Cane Hill Hospital. You can also find out more about the art-based care services provided in Croydon today.

FREE exhibition in the Clocktower's Temporary Exhibition Gallery. 10 October 2008 - 31 January 2009 Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

East Croydon is 15 minutes on the train from Victoria and the Clocktower Gallery is a 5 minute walk from there. Check here for more information on how to find the gallery.


Giskin said...

I visited this exhibition and found it interesting -- especially about the history of mental health services in south London. The art was well worth seeing. Inevitably, some of it seemed 'better' on an artistic level than others, but an exhibition like this is always viewed through a double frame. By its very nature it invites us to speculate on the state of mind of the artist. Rather unfairly, perhaps, the more satisfying pieces to look at are the ones where you get an insight into the state of mind of the artist. The labels could have been better -- many of the pieces, even from the Bethlam archive, were undated. However, the printed booklets available free with the exhibition were produced to a very high standard and are interesting and informative.

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