A Bethlem Gallery showcasing the innovative arts in health initiatives across Europe, 2 – 25 October 2013
10 October World Mental Health Day
“To celebrate world mental health day 2013 the Bethlem Gallery is staging an exhibition of postcards made by artists staying and working in hospitals across Europe. Flight of Ideas is an international collaboration between innovative arts practice, studio spaces and galleries based within psychiatric healthcare in Croatia, France, Italy and the UK. All four organisations are unique within their own countries. Flight of Ideas celebrates their shared ideals framing them within the context of each nation’s system of mental health care. These differing institutions all facilitate creative activity as part of the recovery process during a person’s time in hospital and support professional development of these artists beyond the hospital setting.
(Work from a French contributor, left, and from Terence Wilde, right)
At the heart of the exhibition are the artists themselves. Their extraordinary talent will be presented within the size of a postcard but is broad and varied in the range of style, media and technique employed. Artists working within the hospital environments range from having formal arts training to the self-taught. Their work shows, better than any document, their identity as artists and their right to lay claim to that status.
Flight of Ideas is produced and hosted by the Bethlem Gallery, a well known contemporary gallery space in the grounds of the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world still functioning today. The gallery and museum’s regular exhibitions and events have made it a vital contributor to the UK’s debate on creativity, mental health and art history. It is an important access point for the general public, patients, hospital staff and media to meet and communicate regardless of whether they are within or without the world of mental health care.”
Opening Event: Wednesday 2nd October, 3 – 6pm
Exhibition continues: Thursday 3rd – 25th October
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm Gallery and Museum will be open Saturday 12th October 11am – 5pm
Address: The Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon
Website: http://www.bethlemgallery.com | http://www.bethlemheritage.org.uk
Posted in Art Therapy, Bedlam, Bethlem, Bipolar Art, Borderline Art, BPD, Depression, Mental Health, psychosis, PTSD, Schizophrenia
Tagged anxiety, art therapy, bedlam, bethlem, bipolar, borderline, bpd, depression, exhibition, inpatient, madness, mental health, psychiatric hospital, PTSD, terence wilde, wellness
It was my intention when I started this blog to show all work that I am sent without it being juried or censored. However, some work may be contentious or triggering, and this is something I want to be able to protect my more vulnerable readers from. The work featured on this blog entry may be considered triggering so please do not read on if you are in a vulnerable place.
Posted in Borderline Art, Illustration, Lex
Tagged blood, borderline, bpd, collage, design, illustration, lex, marie-louise plum, mental spaghetti, wax
A chance to experience a fascinating, award winning play. Blood Relations, by Sharon Pollock, appeals to many different audiences: the intellectual, the ideological and those looking for a suspenseful murder-mystery. An extract from the play was recently presented at the Emergence Open Day in July. The fusion of acting with lying, disclosures with subterfuge, of compulsion with repression is endlessly intriguing and lies at the heart of this powerful exploration of the fact and fiction that has become the Lizzie Borden legend.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe, Gave her mother forty whacks,
When the job was nicely done, She gave her father forty-one…”
Given a certain set of circumstances, is anybody capable of anything? In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused, tried and acquitted. Blood Relations finds Lizzie, years later, in the same family home, entertaining a friend and playing with the endless question…did she, or didn’t she?…
Resurgence Theatre Company, (who performed Differentia at the National PD Conference in 2009), have gathered an experienced cast with a wealth of experience spanning the RSC, the National Theatre, West End and regional productions plus leading roles in television and audio series such as Casualty, Dr. Who, Lynda La Plante’s The Governor, The Borgias, Soldier Soldier, Stargate and The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.
Cast: John Banks, Lisa Bowerman, Susan Franklyn, Max Gold, Lori Miller, Pauline Munro, Regina Reagan, William Whymper.
This staged reading of Blood Relations will be a script-in–hand performance with some movement, where the emphasis is on characterisation and the emotional content of the piece – a recipe for a dynamic, spontaneous and powerful theatrical experience in an intimate space. Less than 40 seats available. Come and join us…
Thursday 13th October, 7.15pm at The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Blacks Road, London, W6 9DT. Tickets £10. Contact www.brownpapertickets.com, key in the event you want and follow instructions to pay by card and print ticket(s)
We look forward to welcoming you at the events!
With best wishes,
Help Emergence ‘Change Attitudes and Build Lives’ by supporting our fundraising events this October.
Book your tickets now and spread the word!
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Emergence have just announced their latest art trip. Flyer is below along with some info directly from Emergence.
“Here is the new flyer for June’s ASN. This time we will be heading over to South Ken for a curatorial tour of the new “Cult of Beauty” Exhibition at the V&A.
This recently opened exhibition, looks at the aesthetic movement from 1860 – 1900… It has managed to pull in everything from painting to furniture / graphic design and interiors. These are the kind of exhibitions the V&A really excels at and should be another really interesting event.
Here is a short video about the show with the V&A’s very own dandy, Stephen Calloway waxing lyrical about the aesthetes, and all you need in way of details from the V&A site here.
“Breakthrough are delighted to announce that they are holding another Arts in Health Event in Manchester on Friday the 10th of June, 2011.
We are keen to build on the momentum generated from previous events, using the setting as a way in which to promote positive practice, showcase the talents of service users, bring people and ideas together and to work towards developing a unified, national strategy for moving forwards. It would be great to have you involved!”
If you would like more details of the event and conference, including an early bird Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer which is valid until early May with additional deductions for Reflections Subscribers, please email me, mentalspaghetti [at] gmail dot com, and I will forward you on the details. I also have details of guest speakers, which include but is not limited to Damian Hebron, Director, London Arts in Health Forum Clive Parkinson – Director Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University and Mike Farrar CBE – Chief Executive of NHS North West.
“For more details about Breakthrough and what we are up to, including Tony’s ‘What’s It All About?!’ Epic Walk which kicks off later this month, please visit the website http://www.breakthroughmhart.com or get in touch via this email or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, there is still time to be part of the Epic Walk and there are many ways you can go about it, too. Whether its getting on your walking boots and joining Tony at parts of his journey local to you, supporting events and projects in your local area, fundraising, driving the support vechicle or purchasing a ‘WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?!’ T-shirt, each action contributes to spreading the word, breaking down stigma associated with mental health and supporting the great work being achieved all over the country.
The Breakthrough Team.”
Posted in Art Therapy, conference, Depression, Fundraising
Tagged art, bipolar, borderline, breakthrough arts, conference, depression, illness, mental health, therapy, wellbeing
“Art Therapy Without Borders, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit incorporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and networking purposes to promote, develop, and support international art therapy initiatives and the work of art therapists worldwide. ATWB was founded in April 2010 to meet the need for an organization dedicated to a global art therapy community; the exchange of information, news, media, and resources; the development of online educational opportunities; and the advancement of collaboration and research. Our core mission is to encourage the use of art in service to others in need through art therapy, art in healthcare, and art as a form of social transformation.
The Art Therapy Alliance and International Art Therapy Organization have formed this umbrella organization to consolidate our programs, but still provide the art therapy community with a vital social network dedicated to education, research, information exchange, and service to others.”
All text and video taken from http://www.atwb.org/.
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Art Therapy, Bipolar Art, Borderline Art, Ceramics, Dementia, Illustration, Mental Health, Oil Painting, Painting, Schizophrenia, Watercolour
Tagged art therapy, artist, bipolar, borderline, drawing, group therapy, medication, mental health, mhuk, nhs, painting, schizophrenia, therapy
Start in Manchester is an NHS mental health organisation with a bit of a twist. They are an art in mental health organisation, nationally recognised as a leader in its field, who offer therapeutic services based on the experience of creativity. Through art and gardening courses the team help to “maintain mental wellbeing, develop coping strategies and self-care skills, and regain the confidence to move back into mainstream life.”
Working with people experiencing long-term mental difficulties and distress Start offer a mix of skills to their students (all mental health service users) including visual arts, horticulture and occupational therapy. When service users join Start they usually have no or very little previous experience of art however they find their talents are drawn out through the creative, supportive learning environment. To find out more about Start click here.
The images displayed on this page are a selection from Start’s galleries, including drawing and painting, ceramics and mosaic work. Start not only exhibit their service users’ work but they have also completed a number of commissions which is my favourite thing about the project.
Posted in Alzheimer's, Bipolar Art, Borderline Art, Ceramics, Dementia, Illustration, Mental Health, Oil Painting, Painting, Schizophrenia, Start Manchester, Watercolour
Tagged art therapy, bipolar, borderline, disability, drawing, mental health, nhs, ocd, painting, psychotic, schizophrenia, service users, start in manchester, therapy