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Museum Overtaci

Twitter friend (and actual cousin of actual real life friend) @PetrolPete told me the other day about an exhibition of art in mental health, by service users, that he had been to in Denmark. He was also kind enough to supply a link to the museum so, with not a minute to waste, I stick it up here on the blog.

Museum Overtaci is situated in Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov. It is an old psychiatric hospital designed by G. Bindesboll, opened in 1852. It now houses the art museum and the museum of psychiatry, an extensive collection of furniture, implements, medical tools and patient artifacts from the hospital workshop. The purpose of the museum is to “demystify mental illness through a thought-provoking insight into the fate and lives of people in an otherwise secluded and obscure world. It tells us a very distinctive chapter of Danish history, from a psychiatric point of view, and reflects the social climate of contemporary society.”

The Art Museum is on the ground floor of this typically overbearing albeit magnificent 19th century asylum. It houses over 6,000 works of art. Currently there are 850 art works on display, representing 86 artists, all of whom were mentally ill, the majority of them having been admitted to the hospital themselves. The most famous artist represented in the Art Museum is Louis Marcussen, also known as ‘Overtaci’.

Please visit the Museum website to find out more about the history and artists at the museum.

I’d also like to mention that @PetrolPete has a blog you absolutely must check out, The Bionic Vapour Boy.

Breakthrough: Art in mental health.

The other day I stumbled across an extensive archive of work by mental health service users in the form of Breakthrough: Art in mental health. I got in touch with them straight away to say how much I admire what they are doing and I hope they wouldn’t mind me linking to some of their images. I’ve not heard anything back yet, however I have found out that linking to their images doesn’t work (because of some internets dark arts code that I do not understand) so all I can do is ask you to please go and visit their website, and search through all the galleries, read their blog and especially read their National Strategy Group page.

Here are some quick links to their galleries, split into Northern, Midlands and Southern UK artists.

Northern Artists / Midlands Artists / Southern Artists