This Saturday at Bethlem Gallery

Join us this Saturday 6 June for London Creativity and Wellbeing Week hosted by London Arts in Health Forum


Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2015 is focusing on creativity and mental health. This welcome event is an opportunity to come together at the unique venue of the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world still functioning today. Join us to explore the impressive new Bethlem Gallery and Museum, beginning the afternoon’s event with a tour of the space and the contemporary and historic exhibitions on show including Behold Continues to Retreat, curated by artist Mark Titchner. At 3.30pm there will be a roundtable discussion using the contemporary exhibition as a point of departure, contributors will include artist Mark Titchner and Dan Duggan, writer Iain Sinclair, Bethlem Gallery Director, Beth Elliott and London Arts in Health Forum Director, Damian Hebron.

‘Behold Continues to Retreat’ is an exhibition that combines artworks depicting uninhabited rooms, buildings and landscapes with a series of portraits placed directly opposite these deserted spaces. Bringing together Bethlem Gallery artists, renowned contemporary artists and works from the Bethlem art collection, the exhibition explores the experience of creating, observing and being observed. The discussion will examine these ideas and the wider relationship between mental health, creativity and perception.

The afternoon will conclude with refreshments and an opportunity to network with colleagues working in the field of arts, creativity and wellbeing.

The event is free but spaces are strictly limited and booking is essential, to sign up click here.


Further events and workshops during this exhibition:

Wednesday 17 June
Artist and poet Dan Duggan will lead a workshop that explores the gaze in portraiture. All are welcome and materials are provided. Please RSVP to book your place –


Wednesday 24 June
Exhibition Curator Mark Titchner will be delivering a practical workshop on themes within the exhibition. Please RSVP to book your place –


Wednesday 24 June

Join artist Matthew for a workshop based in the beautiful hospital grounds that explores the landscape and the ways in which we observe it.


Saturday 4 July
Join the gallery and museum for an afternoon of walks, talks, workshops tea and art cake!