Art, Power & the Asylum (Wellcome Library)

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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OPPORTUNITY: ‘DIY Public Selfcare System’

What: Call for artists, Liverpool DadaFest
When: Deadline to apply, 14 June 2016, 5pm. Performance Dates: Tue 9 – Sat 13 August 2016
Times: DIY Public Selfcare System is a 5-day process, comprised of: 2 consecutive days of group work, 1 day for rest/recovery or guided individual work, then 2 more consecutive days of group work. We are working to a model of 4hrs of ‘intensive’ work per day.
Where: The Bluecoat, Liverpool. This DIY is supported by DaDaFest.

Think we might be let off for posting this with only 48 hours (maybe less) to apply, following de-install of last exhibition, install of the new exhibition, and hectic private view – which we will be posting more about later. Phew. Anyway, quick, quick, apply for this…


DIY Public Selfcare System gathers together artists with lived experience of long term disabling conditions to explore acts of self care we have to perform in public, and consider repurposing these acts as performance.

Project Summary

As the government dismantles our public health and welfare systems, the future looks like “no money, no care”: it looks like chronic illness for all those not at the very top of the pile. To survive without access to public healthcare, everyone is going to have to learn to perform public acts of self care.

  • We will gather as a community of artists who are experts at the durational performance of thriving in a world that is geared against our survival.
  • We will share insight with one another drawn from our diverse creative approaches and experiences: on self care in general; on the poetics, politics and aesthetics of our actions; on how to take up space.
  • We will engage in a playful process of repurposing and appropriating our necessary actions of self care as performance gestures; looking towards the creation of performance works for public spaces.

Participants

We welcome artists of all ages and at all stages: young artists just beginning to make work as well as older or more experienced artists; those who are perhaps experiencing disabling conditions for the first time; those with perspectives on how disabling conditions are affected by other intersections.

We welcome you to engage in a challenging, playful, collaborative and professional creative process convened by an artist who specialises in making intimate and interactive works with unfiltered audiences in mind.

The application requires answers to the following questions (as written or audio responses):

  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your artistic practice. (max 300 words or 3 mins audio)
  • Why do you want to be part of DIY Public Selfcare System this August? (max 300 words or 3 mins audio)
  • What public act of self care might you be interested in exploring as creative stimulus and why? This doesn’t commit you to anything specific, but it helps us get to know you and the way you think. (max 300 words or 3 mins audio)
  • Please provide web links to anything you think we should see (ideally these would include specific works of yours or projects you have been involved in, but it can also be the work of others, or things that you are thinking of as a result of contemplating this project). Please specify what it is and why you want to draw our attention to it. (max 5 links).

We welcome applications from those based beyond and within Liverpool: DadaFest will do their best to help find or organise accommodation if you need it.

Access

All the information on this page is also available in an audio format, and audio applications are accepted too. Listen to audio information about this DIY here.

We are committed to doing what we can to ensure that no participant is stopped from attending, especially by the very lived experience that we seek to value. DadaFest are providing a small amount of cash and a larger amount of time to assist with the practicalities of accessing the workshop.

If you have any questions or worries about access (or anything else) that you would like to address before applying, do not hesitate to contact Cathy (cathyb@dadafest.co.uk) or Rhiannon (rhiannonarmstrong@gmail.com).

Please note that all applications must be done via the online form, rather than being emailed direct to DIY artists.

APPLY HERE

Exhibition: Shared Insight

What: Exhibition, following a four-month collaborative residency
When: May 13 – 27, Private View 12th May
Where: Free Space Gallery, Kentish Town, London

Shared Insight showcases the work of artists Harrison Moore and Terence Wilde.

Harrison is a third year Central Saint Martins Fine Art Student and Terence is an artist associated with the Outside In project at Pallant House Gallery.

The two artists have been part of a four month residency at Kentish Town Health Centre, exploring shared insights of what it means to be artists working in contemporary London.

This exhibition, across two floors, shows their working methods, films, scripts, photographs, modified t-shirts and artworks created during their four months together.

Background to the residency

In 2014 Outside In worked with the University of Chichester to pair an Outside In artist with an MA Fine Art student to see how they could learn from each other in both life and in artistic practice. Such a fruitful relationship occurred that Outside In wanted to replicate it with other university students and Outside In artists.

The Kentish Town Health Centre approached Outside In about the possibility of a residency, and Outside In then approached Central Saint Martins to be part of the collaboration. Proposals were received from both current and alumni students from the Fine Art Department.

Harrison and Terence have got on really well, worked across many new disciplines and have developed their own artistic practice and ways of thinking. It seems that both artists will be leaving the process in a better mind set, but also as friends.

Blog address: www.sharedinsite.wordpress.com

Outside In blog article on the collaboration.

“Please join us to celebrate the work created during this time. Opening this evening, Thursday 12 May 6:30-9pm.”

A call for mental health activists

WEGO Health are looking for contributors…

“My name is Susan and I head up the WEGO Health Activist Network – a place where bloggers, tweeters, and facebook leaders come together to share information, learn from one another, and find tools to further their advocacy within the online health community.

As you may know, May is National Mental Health Month and host to Children’s Mental Health Week and WEGO Health is interested in working with Health Activists in this community to help raise awareness and educate our other Health Activists. I’m reaching out to you today to see if you might be interested in getting involved by submitting a guest post or joining our Roundtable discussion to share your story and/or get other Health Activists involved. You can sign up for either or both below.”

Guest Posting: http://info.wegohealth.com/guest-posts
Roundtable discussion: http://info.wegohealth.com/roundtable