Reclaiming Asylum

7th September 2016

Reclaiming Asylum

I’m pleased to be exhibiting a constellation of six images from a new series called Lights at Bethlem Gallery’s Reclaiming Asylum exhibition, opening 21st September.

Coinciding with the launch I’ve created a pack of 10 beautiful postcards for sale, celebrating the beauty of light in all its glory. 10 images for £10, now available in the shop.

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Opening 21st September 2016, 3pm — 5pm
Exhibition continues: 22nd September — 11th November 2016
Open 10am — 5pm, Wednesday — Friday. Including first and last Saturdays of the month.

Bethlem Gallery (open map)
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
Kent, BR3 3BX

Set against the historical backdrop of Bedlam and nearly 800 years of changing approaches to mental health care, this exhibition explores the notion of asylum and asks: what might constitute refuge, sanctuary and protection today?

Many of the artists in this exhibition have responded to the Bethlem Royal Hospital, exploring the institution and its space; working with the hospital as a site and resource for artistic practice. Lived experience of mental illness and personal experiences of navigating mental health care inform the ideas, research and responses in this exhibition, where the notion of asylum is opened up through diverse individual perspectives.

Reclaiming Asylum presents artworks by an invited selection of artists who have a connection to the gallery that includes current and former patients, artists who have used the services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and long-term artistic collaborators.

We are very pleased that Reclaiming Asylum is taking place in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, where a major exhibition – Bedlam: the asylum and beyond – curated by Mike Jay and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, will run from 15 September 2016, until 15 January 2017. Reclaiming Asylum will also run alongside a wider programme of events and exhibitions that expand on perspectives on asylum today. A parallel exhibition Bethlem: The weight of History will run at Bethlem’s Museum of the Mind; Lambeth Hospital will feature the Adamson Collection; and a new exhibition will open at the Maudsley Hospital’s Long Gallery.