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
Animation by Ofir Sasson.
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!
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Savannah Borderline recently submitted some work to the website. Savannah is an 18 year old girl diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. You can read about her diagnosis, living life with mental health ‘difficulties’ (I hate this expression but struggle to find the right way to describe how we get by), and how she gets through the mh system without going totally loopsome on her blog, Life of a Maybe Borderline.
Savannah enjoys painting these characters for her fiancé, who she describes as “an obsessive computer gamer”, because she’d rather paint for someone who’ll appreciate it. I guess I should have said somewhere on the blog that I will happily take copied artwork, and that it is every bit as important as original artwork because of the therapeutic process you go through to produce a finished piece. Savannah writes on her blog “I like drawing and painting, I enjoy creating things. I am a generally creative person, it’s so therapeutic and rewarding. Creativity leads to feelings of accomplishment.”
Please follow our lovely Savannah on Twitter, friend her on Facebook and don’t forget to read her blog.
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Art Therapy, Borderline Art, Mental Health, Painting, SBorderline
Tagged abuse, borderline personality disorder, bpd, lifeofamaybeborderline, mental health, pd, personality disorder, PTSD, self harm, trauma
I found a great Facebook Page the other day – Art Therapy Alliance. In their own words they “embrace social media & connection online to promote art therapy, the work of art therapists, & build community.
The Art Therapy Alliance is an online professional group for art therapists on LinkedIn and fans on Facebook founded by Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC. Our website, Twitter, and Facebook fanpage feature resources, groups, blogs, and more related to the field of art therapy worldwide.”
Penny Saylor talks about some of her art work while standing in front of a picture she painted of her daughter, Kandace Merrill, from when she was a child. Saylor and her daughter have their artwork on display in the lobby at Community Mental Health of Muskegon and a reception was held on Wednesday evening for the pair. Chronicle Photo by Matt Gade.
If you take only a cursory scan of their fanpage wall you can see various news items regarding health and wellbeing (not all directly mental health related) including the current exhibition of clinically depressed artist Penny Saylor from Michigan, USA, and Donna Mitchell, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder three years ago.
Penny Saylor talks with Chris Erickson about her piece called “Dreams” during a reception at the Community Mental Health of Muskegon on Wednesday afternoon in the lobby. Saylor and her daughter Kandace Merrill are the feature artists in the Gallery at CMH Muskegon. Chronicle Photo by Matt Gade.
The Art Therapy Alliance fanpage is interesting, informative and a great resource to further your experience of art, creativity and mental health service users as well as art therapy and how creating art can be therapeutic. In August-September 2010 the ATA set up an artist trading card swap project. Here is a video about the project and some of the cards traded. It’s a lovely concept and one that builds interaction between artists who are also mental health service users.
Photos in this article copywrite Muskegon Chronicle.
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Bipolar Art, Borderline Art, Ceramics, Illustration, Mental Health, Oil Painting, Painting
Tagged art therapy, bipolar, bpd, depression, illness, mental health, pd, stigma, trauma, wellbeing