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.
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:
You can view the Adamson Collection online:
What: The Deadends, multidisciplinary, visual art, installation and performance
When: Open weekends 12–5pm, until March 12, 2017
Where: Studio One Gallery, 7–9 Wandsworth Plain, London SW18 1ES. Map
What: One Bare Foot Square
When: Mondays only, 7 November – 19 December 2016, 12 – 8pm.
Where: The Dragon Cafe in the crypt of St. George the Martyr, London, SE1 1JA.
Artwork ©Rosemary McLeish
‘ONE BARE FOOT SQUARE’ is a collaborative artist-led travelling mosaic canvas – the individual artworks uniting to form one large wall piece.
Artwork exhibited at The Amsterdam Outsider Art Museum, ©Uncooked Culture
© Bear the Artist
In 2008 I had a stem cell transplant at the UCH hospital in London as a result of having reoccurring Hodgkins lymphoma, having previously being in remission for 10 years.
During my treatment I was offered spiritual healing. In the sessions, I experienced interesting, positive results of healing visions.
As an artist I knew I had to share this through my art. I started painting and researching into art and healing. As I painted, I realised my vision became a creative story to heal myself, it gave me hope, and restored my ‘brokenness’.
© Bear the Artist
Did art really heal me?
I felt more and more connected to my works and I could feel there was more than just a healing process going on. It felt like a quest, or a kind of magic, showing me a different way to look at healing through my art.
This was a very exciting time for me and during my works I would encounter some amazing stories of magic and wonder.
I travelled right back to my childhood – it wasn’t until I started to piece this exhibition together that new stories appeared and connected with the old.
Tall dark shadow people standing in doorways, the spider lady with long red painted nails, being sucked into a large metal vacuum-like structure and seeing bird like angels looking down at me…
…meeting spirit guides, floating across open plains, running with wild horses and being carried by monks into a stone temple – some of my visions which play a big part in my ability to understand more about spiritual healing through art, and my amazing journey through life.
I would very much like to share with you some of my stories, my art and how they help me find a way to see spiritual connections and create what I hope to be an exciting new body of work.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my story and artwork.”
WHAT: Call for art submissions for One Bare Foot Square.
WHEN: Deadline, 7 May 2016. First show runs 30 July – 13 August 2016.
WHERE: Launch exhibition, July 30 2016, Amsterdam Outsider Art Gallery.
Are you an artist interested in exhibiting with other artists, in a collaborative touring exhibition, with the opportunity to host the artwork locally? Yvonne Mabs Francis alerted us to this excellent opportunity from Nok and Uncooked Culture, read on to get involved…
Following 4 years of travelling art work, across the UK and three continents worldwide, UNCOOKED CULTURE are calling for art submissions to be part of their new new touring exhibition, ‘One Bare Foot Square’.
Example of artwork: Painting created by Bert Schoonhoven on bare canvas,
16 x 16in (30 x 30 cm) including blank borders.
CONCEPT: ‘Led by artist ‘Nok’, the founder and director of Uncooked Culture, this new touring art project aims to “create mobility and accessibility of art and build a Sustainable Artists Community across the world”, and they “encourage and invite artists from all disciplines to participate in the project.”
BRIEF: Dimensions of the work must be 16 inches square, consisting of a painted area on bare canvas (without any support or stretchers). The painted area must be 12 inches square, leaving a 2 inch blank/unpainted margin around the artwork. Each individual artwork will be stitched onto a piece of fabric, to form a large collaborative artwork, using the four corners of the 2 inch margin area to create a big wall mural on large scale fabric support.
The required 2 inch surrounding margin around the painted area is designed to serve the purpose of selling the work. Once an artwork is purchased, the work can be wrapped and fixed onto a standard 12 x 12 inch stretcher (canvas frame). Some stretchers/canvas frames and mounting service may be provided in the exhibition.
THEME: ‘Paradox of Life… Bright & Dark side of the Moon’. Your life expression, or story, on each single square canvas will be a part of this collected ‘Life Journey Mural’. The mural will reflect the spectrum of human paths, experience and psychology.
KEY WORDS: Life journey, bright or dark side – Imaginative journey – Fantasy adventure – Reality – Capability – Incapability – Coordination – Fragmentation – Dream – Struggle – Naievety – Purity – Manipulation
INSPIRATION: The project is inspired by artists mosaic canvases from the previous Uncooked Culture art project, ‘Circus Terminal Worldwide’, Suriname, South America 2014.
DEADLINES TO MAKE A NOTE OF:
Deadline for expressing your interest: 25 March 2016
Deadline for artwork JPEGS (work in progress images are acceptable): 30 April 2016
Deadline for artwork delivery to Uncooked Culture in London, UK: 7 MAY 2016
Submissions must be sent to: email@example.com
http://www.uncookedculturegallery.com / www.uncookedculture.com
LAUNCH EXHIBITION: ‘One Bare Foot Square’ is scheduled to be launched 30 July 2016 at The Amsterdam Outsider Art Gallery in The Netherlands at its old location in Amsterdam (Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A, 1018, DR Amsterdam), with the first exhibition from the project. Dates of the debut exhibition are to be concluded.
SELLING WORK: All works will be at set wall-price of £200 each, including 20% contribution to the project from the sales of artwork. Pricing your artwork in an exceptional cases can be discussed. Changes of price are possible, based on situations such as required commission from the venue/gallery hosting the project and nature of different currency. All participating artists will be informed in advance if the set price would need to be adjusted.
OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THE PROJECT: All participating artists are invited to host the touring wall mural in their town or city. ‘One Bare Foot Square’ adopts a format used in the ‘Uncooked Culture – Circus Terminal Worldwide’ project, bringing local and international artists to collaborate and share their inspirational creativity together. Everywhere the project will be held, local artists will be invited to create square canvases to incorporate the mural from international artists. Lead artist(s) of each exhibition stop, where the project will be held, will be working closely with Nok, the project lead artist. Additional events, such as workshops, are encouraged to be held along with the exhibition to inspire creativity to the local community.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in hosting this project with Nok in your community: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: Only original artworks will be accepted. Computer generated work and any forms of reproduction, except handmade print-making, will not be accepted. Only recent artworks created during 2013 – 2016 will be included in this project. Artists can replace their sold artworks with other artworks that follow the format required for the project.
WHO CAN SUBMIT: Both non-members and members of Uncooked Culture at http://www.uncookedculture.ning.com. An artist can submit various forms of art on canvas – drawing, painting, collage, handmade print-making & mixed-media. A maximum of 3 works per artist can be submitted. Sculptural works can be submitted upon discussion of format, dimensions and weight condition, please contact Nok to discuss specifics: email@example.com.
More info about Circus Terminal Worldwide, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CircusTerminalWorldwide