Art, Power & the Asylum (Wellcome Library)

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Helen Greig, The Foetus / Rebirth. Credit: Adamson Collection / Wellcome Trust.
Helen Greig, The Foetus / Rebirth. Credit: Adamson Collection / Wellcome Trust.

Please note that this series of events has been organised by the Wellcome Library, and will take place in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection.

Art, Power and the Asylum: exploring the Adamson Collection

What is the value of art created in the asylum? Who does it belong to and how should it be used?

Join contributors from the fields of mental health, art, libraries and ethics for a series of intimate discussions exploring value, power and identity, and shape how the Adamson Collection is framed.

The events will taking place in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection and are drop-in events. First-come-first-seated – places are limited.

 

Naming the Unnamed

Tuesday 18th July, 15.00-16.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 14.00-15.00)
Should artists be named, or should they remain unnamed patients? Join Val Huet (BAAT), Michael Barham (Dramatherapist), Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck) and Marie-France (ex- service user) to explore issues of sensitivity, identity and agency.

The ‘A’ Word

Thursday 20th July, 19.00-20.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 18.00-19.00)
Is work from the asylum art or medical record? What art history period does it fit into, if any? Join Beth Elliot (Bethlem Gallery), Marc Steene (Outside In) and Lamis Bayar (Dragon Café) to discuss how art from the asylum (and beyond) can be framed, and the value of terms such as Outsider Art and Art Brut.
Photography will be taking place during this event. Please speak to a member of staff for further information.

Read the Wellcome Library’s blog post about this event:

http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2017/06/art-from-the-asylum/

You can view the Adamson Collection online:

https://wellcomelibrary.org/adamsonartworks

https://wellcomelibrary.org/adamsonarchives

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