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
I popped over to Kentish Town Health Centre last week with a friend to check out Free Space’s touring exhibition, Art and Healing. My friend is doing a write-up for the site, so until then I’ll just alert you to its presence and insist you go and have a look at it before it ends on the 19th October.
“An exhibition of work by art therapists and their clients showcases the diverse practice of art therapy and the wide range of people who see it as having changed their lives for the better.”
Free Space are running a free event on Thursday 3rd October…
• Make a creative X-Ray of your body Thursday 3rd October, 4-6.30pm (3 slots)
Art therapy activity exploring the connection between mind and body.
Facilitated by Art Psychotherapist, Maria Galvez
Limited places. Please contact the Free Space Gallery to book.
Posted in Art Therapy, Mental Health
Tagged exhibition, free space gallery, kentish town health centre, mental health, psychotherapy, PTSD, therapist, therapy, trauma, wellness
Diagnosed with psychosis six years ago, Tempok has submitted some words and art:
“A group of masked scientists stand around a TV screen in a stark white room watching a small child while he sits on the floor playing quietly. What is he thinking? Does he know about the accident or that he’s in a coma? Does he even realise that he is creating the world around him – including his mum and dad and baby sister – in his head?
Was it ever just a game? As far back as I can remember I was always being watched. Then they wrapped cotton wool around my head and muffled the paranoia. By that time I had already learned how to escape the mental barrage: I simply shut down all of my thinking faculties – cutting my nose off to spite my face.
Now the system is slowly being rebooted…”
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Depression, Mental Health, Painting, psychosis
Tagged art therapy, depression, diagnosed, medication, mental health, psychosis, tempok, wellness
“I am a service user from Accrington, I have been a service user for approximately 2 years after I was forced to leave my employment due to a physical disability. This unfortunately was the trigger for my increasing depression and anxiety.
Over the past 2 years I have been subjected to every kind of therapy I could imagine however the only thing apart from the support of my friends and loved ones that has helped me to manage is my increased love of photography. This started as nothing more than taking a few snaps of my travels whilst working as an international coach driver (the job I was forced to leave) but has grown with me throughout probably what are the darkest moments of my life. My increased passion for this art has shown me that there is a whole new side to me that I never knew existed.
I was never any good at art and to this day I still can’t draw or paint but I have found that with a little help from a magical box, I too can create beautiful images. I now look at art in a completely new light an with a new found understanding. It has brought me a whole new circle of friends and companions who I can share new experiences with, and slowly I am starting to enjoy my new self and to believe that I have a purpose and an identity again. I have also been fortunate enough to use my new-found skills to help others in similar situations to myself, as well as being featured in a couple of exhibitions and local arts and heritage projects.
I continue to recieve support for my mental health issues through Hyndburn community restart but I feel that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel (albeit quite a way off yet).
Posted in Art Therapy, Depression, Matt Howard, Mental Health, Photography
Tagged anxiety, art therapy, black and white photography, depression, matt howard, mental health, mental spaghetti, wellness
I recently received a submission from Harli Tree, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Harli Tree prefers her ‘alters’ to be addressed so I will be describing Harli as ‘they’ rather than ‘her’ and ‘she’. Harli runs an impressive website for art and photography and I urge you to go and spend some time on it. They were also recently interviewed by Art Therapy Blog. I have linked to both below the bio from Harli, below.
“We were diagnosed about a year and half ago and have weekly talking and art therapy and that has now developed quickly into a website for showcasing our art and photography. We were recently featured artist on www.arttherapyblog.com where you will see an interview and our art, and in the reflections magazine and on various other art websites – we have also exhibiting our work at an exhibition in Norwich and have 2 paintings in an exhibition at Royal Brompton Hospital.”
“We live, work and create whilst experiencing the daily challenge of Dissociative Identity Disorder. There’s the host and eight alters and photography has recently become a creative form of expression for one of the alters and the host, whilst all of us engage in Art Therapy. The use of art in therapy enables us to communicate and express our experience in a safe way. It allows us to discharge and process these difficult experiences and feelings which, once outside, can be reflected upon by all of us. The images created help different alters to meet one another and to begin to engage with the different self-stories that they each hold for the host.”
Walking into the Fire
Harli Tree’s interview and featured on Art Therapy.
Harli Tree’s website.
More images from Harli Tree below…
Evil Passage of Time
Posted in Acrylic Painting, Art Therapy, DID Art, Harli Tree, Mental Health, Painting, Photography
Tagged art therapy, did, Harli Tree, mental health, multiple personality disorder, photography, wellness