Current Exhibitions

this skin we’re in


by Martha Orbach


We’re making tea amidst the rubble.

The house is feeling fragile.

If you yell the walls tremble and let the light in.


this skin we’re in is a new story project about daily life in the aftermath of disaster set in the shifting borderlands of fact and fiction, you and me. Told through an animation and series of prints, the project examines domesticity, family mental health and how we absorb our environment. With thanks to Arts Council England and The Maudsley Charity for funding this project.




Opening 2 July 4 - 8pm

Exhibition dates: 26 June - 25 July

Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm



Also open Saturday 5 July, 12 - 5pm as part of Bethlem Royal Hospital’s annual Sunfayre event, including live music, stalls, children’s entertainment, arts, refreshments, walks, talks sun & fun. Free admission, all welcome.

 


Curdled


Commissioned by Bethlem Gallery in collaboration with Anxiety 2014 Curdled is Liz Atkin’s personal exploration of the physical manifestations of anxiety, with a particular focus on the skin as a primary source for corporeal art. Through intimate photography, performance and installation, Atkin’s newly commissioned works investigate the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin. 

Compulsive Skin Picking, a condition related to anxiety disorders, dominated her body for more than 20 years and her practice aspires to de-stigmatise the illness, raise awareness and advocate recovery.


Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from difference angles; from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints.


23 May - 3 July
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, *times may vary due to private events

Join us for a site-specific durational performance 21 June, 4.30pm

ORTUS Learning and Events Centre
Maudsley Hospital
82 – 96 Grove Lane
London
SE5 8SN

For more information: Ali@maudsleylearning.com

www.anxiety2014.org


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Bethlem Museum

Ball of Twine, by William Kurelek, image courtesy of the Adamson Collection Trust




Adamson and Kurelek:

Two Artists of the Mind



Celebrated Canadian artist William Kurelek was a patient at Netherne and painted some of his most famous paintings of this period in Adamson’s studio. This exhibition brings together masterpieces and sketches created by both artists, and material from the Collection.



Opening 12 February, 3 - 6pm


Exhibition continues 13 February - 5 July

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Including the first Saturday of the month, 11am - 5pm


www.bethlemheritage.org.uk



In collaboration with:

Image credit: Louise Fitzgerald
 

Dizziness of Freedom


Dizziness of freedom is a group exhibition exploring the notion of choice in a contemporary society defined by consumerism, an excess of information and endless possibilities. Bringing philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of anxiety to present times, the artists approach choice as an act of freedom as well as an ever-present strain.

Through installation, sculpture, film, performance, painting and photography, the works hint at moments of decision-making – both in artistic processes and daily life – often infused with feelings of aspiration, self-consciousness and playfulness.

Artists include Stefania Batoeva, David Bradley, Josephine Callaghan, Tom Duggan, Louise Fitzgerald, Jane Fradgley, George Harding, Tom Jayston, Nnena Kalu, Nu Li, Andrzej Lyszkowicz, MoreUtopia!, Sue Morgan, Mary Ogunleye, Tess Springall, Liam Tickner, Charlie Godet Thomas.

For the website, please follow this link: 
http://www.anxiety2014.org/programme/visual-arts/dizziness-of-freedom


Opening 26 June 6 - 9pm

Exhibition continues: 27 June - Sun 13 July 
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm

Bermondsey Project
46 Willow Walk
London
SE1 5SF

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