EXHIBITION: ‘Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness’

PLETHORA OF EMOTIONS II, Paulo Tercio 2014, oil on gesso, 75x60cm | website What: Exhibition Where: The Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (more info here) When: 21 May – 25 September, 2015 Bit late to the party on this one, so I’m writing it up quick, quick! Apologies to City Arts in advance for lifting…

Update from Bethlem Gallery

On the 19th of February, The Bethlem Gallery and Museum will open the doors to a new, state of the art building which will be home to the Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bethlem archives. Below is a summary of the first three exhibitions taking place in the building. Bethlem Museum of…

Anxiety Arts Festival 2014

Barbican, South London Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Freud Museum, Wigmore Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery… Visual art, music, dance, theatre and film “Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 is a London-wide festival that explores the way anxiety and art interact. From the sense of unease created by a Hitchcock film, to new commissions in music by Jocelyn Pook…

Madge Gill Panel Discussion

Art from the Margins has notified me that a panel discussion on the life of Madge Gill has been uploaded to youtube. From AFTM: “Chaired By David O Flynn from Bethlem Hospital, and featuring Roger Cardinal, the coiner of the term Outsider Art, as well as Vivienne Roberts who researched into the mediumistic side of…

Madge Gill: Medium and Visionary

AN EXHIBITION FROM ART AND SOUL, RICHMOND ‘Celebrating emotional and mental wellbeing through the arts.’ 5 October 2013 – 26 January 2014 “With no training and no aspirations to fame, Madge Gill (1882 – 1961) produced thousands of secretive ink drawings during her lifetime. Her work remains an enigma: is it true she was inspired…

Free Space Gallery present Art & Healing

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…

Send a postcard to the world: an innovative online disability campaign

This week we have a guest post by Beth from United Response, who contacted me recently about Postcards from the Edges… Just a few decades ago many people with disabilities or mental health needs were locked away from the rest of Britain in institutions, their voices ignored and their stories unheard. United Response, which is…

Lorraine Nicholson.

“I am an artist and service user with lived experience of severe depression who has used art and photography to aid recovery.” Lorraine has recently finished work on a book of photography and writing. The central themes of the book are ‘hope’ and ‘recovery’. “I take the metaphor of weather to represent the unfolding journey…

Terence Wilde at Highgate Mental Health Centre.

Last night I went to a private view of Terence Wilde’s work at Highgate Mental Health Centre. I was lucky enough to meet up with Terence, a charming man with a super sense of style. He used to be a fashion print designer but gave it up due to the demands of the job. Terence…

Art Therapy blog

Hello Everyone! Today I’d like to turn your attention to the rather amazing blog ‘Art Therapy’. I check in with it every day to find out the latest art therapy news. It is an invaluable source for service users, art therapists, learners, facilitators and the simply interested. On the blog you’ll find featured artists, posts…