Interactive Exhibition With Focus On Mental Health – By Hastings Based Artists
Frames Of Mind is an exhibition that is the culmination of a year-long project during which adults with lived experience of mental health and wellbeing issues made puppets, stop motion animation and an installation with the purpose of creating dialogue around mental health. The project was led by Hastings based charity The Craftimation Factory and features work by many local artists as well as work from those living in other parts of East Sussex.
The exhibition combines interactive elements including exploring the installation with a UV torch to find hidden messages and playing cassette tapes on a retro tape player, as well a life sized knitted puppet and photos from the former psychiatric hospital in Hellingly.
The exhibition launches at 12 noon 2nd December at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne where it will run for two weeks
After the launch there is a programme of activities including free workshops and a ‘Living Exhibit’ which will invite members of the public to listen to conversations and ask questions of people with lived experience of mental health issues.
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
I was recently told about an exhibition of art in mental health, by service users, happening in Denmark. The teller 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.