Posts By: Bethlem Gallery

Dr Trudi Seneviratne on Transitions

Dr Trudi Seneviratne speaks about transitions, the theme of our current exhibition. ‘Having a baby is one of the most significant life events that people can experience. It is a time of transition for both parents and the new child, individually and as a combined a dyad or family unit. For the mother, both pregnancy and the… Read more »

New season of Bethlem Walks

Join us for a walk around the stunning grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital with artist Charlie Fox in collaboration with our partners, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Find out about the history of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the original ‘Bedlam’ after it moved to Beckenham in 1930. We ask what used to be here before… Read more »

Performance: mad passports

Saturday 2nd November 12:30-2pm Drop-in, no need to book Bethlem Gallery   Dolly & Chas are on the border of mad heaven. Border controls check to see whether people are sufficiently mad enough to go in. Dolly is dressed as the doctor in charge; Chas is the pharmacist who has morphed into a non-binary cyber… Read more »

The Robert Dellar memorial lecture 2019

Saturday 26th October 2pm–3:30pm Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Wolfson Room Denise McKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network will be delivering the annual Robert Dellar Memorial lecture. Co-founder of Mad Pride, Robert Dellar was a talented writer, survivor, advocate and activist for improvements in mental health services, and was a key force behind… Read more »

Protest banners: what’s there to be mad about?

Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:30 – 12:30 Bethlem Studio Make your voice heard! Join us to make your own protest placard or banner. Pick a cause you are passionate about, be it the environment, human rights or mental health rights, create a slogan and use stencils, paint and tape to get your message out there…. Read more »

Protest t-shirts: what’s there to be mad about?

Saturday, 7 September 2019 10:30 – 12:30 Bethlem Gallery studio What makes you mad? Join us to print your own protest t-shirt. Inspired by our new exhibition ‘Art and Protest – what’s there to be mad about?’ we will be designing our own slogans and stencilling them onto t-shirts. Bring along your own t-shirt to… Read more »

Art & Evaluation: Bethlem Salon #12

  Saturday 31 August 3pm – 5pm Bethlem Gallery studio   Join artists, researchers and invited guests to test the idea that ‘not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted’.   How do evaluation frameworks work and whose values do they prioritise? Have your say.   We will also be launching the… Read more »

Systems of Measure

Risograph printing workshop with Beth Hopkins Saturday 6 July 10:30am – 12:30pm Bethlem Gallery Studio How do we measure our wellbeing? Join us to explore and redefine how mental health is measured and communicated. Building on the themes of the current exhibition, ‘Art & Value’, we will design our own new systems of measure. We… Read more »

Added Value

Mixed-media workshop with Beth Hopkins Saturday 3 August 10:30am-12:30pm Bethlem Gallery Studio Join us to add value to found objects in this mixed-media workshop. Find out how weaving and re-fashioning discarded objects can transform them into something of value. BOOK HERE

Written Language vs Visual Grammar

Workshop Friday 14 June 12pm- 2pm Free but booking required Bethlem Gallery In today’s world of visual stimulation and sensory overload, how do we decipher what information might be of value to us? Join us for a collage/ mixed media workshop deconstructing, manipulating, and reconstructing visual data in order to change its intended meaning and… Read more »

Bethlem meadow walk and survey

Thursday 13 June 1-3pm Free, booking required Meet at the Bethlem Gallery and Museum foyer   Join Bethlem Wood Library on a walk to the beautiful Bethlem meadows to take part in a meadow vegetation survey. Make use of the lenses, identification books and the knowledge of local amateur botanist, Peter Robinson, to record the… Read more »

Play with Paint

Family workshop Thursday 18 April 2-4pm Free Bethlem Gallery studio Come along to an afternoon of playing with paint. In this family workshop we will be experimenting with a range of materials to see what marks they make – string, feather, bubble wrap, loo rolls and more. We will also be creating a large painting… Read more »

Experimenting with Charcoal

Saturday 1 June 10:30am – 12:30pm Bethlem Gallery studio   Join us to experiment with charcoal. Inspired by the work of exhibiting artist John O’Donnell, we will be working with texture, movement, tone and pattern. There will be a series of quick exercises before moving on to drawing a portrait model in charcoal. Please bring… Read more »

Painting still lives in acrylic

Saturday 6 April 10.30am – 12.30pm Gallery Studio   Join us to learn the basics of acrylic portrait painting. Inspired by the work of exhibiting artist John O’Donnell, we will be painting expressive portraits direct from a model. We will be experimenting with light, tone and colour, using minimal brushstrokes to define shape and form…. Read more »

Painting portraits in acrylic

Saturday 4 May 10.30am – 12.30pm Gallery Studio   Join us to learn the basics of acrylic portrait painting. Inspired by the work of exhibiting artist John O’Donnell, we will be painting expressive portraits direct from a model. We will be experimenting with light, tone and colour, using minimal brushstrokes to define shape and form…. Read more »

Artist as Researcher #2

Artist as Research #2 Saturday 2 March Bethlem Gallery 1pm – 5pm You are warmly invited to participate in our second ‘Artist as Researcher’ workshop. Join us to try out our newly-installed Risograph printer and to make our questions about mental health and justice public. Please book your place here. To find out more about the… Read more »

Think Tank: A Bethlem Salon

Think Tank: A Bethlem Salon Thursday 21st March 5-7pm Bethlem Gallery Join artist Eleanor Minney, Professor Liz Tunbridge and artist-researcher Michaela Ross for a salon discussion with people involved in the mental health care system. Together we will explore some of the central questions and provocations from the exhibition Switching Perceptions and add our perspectives… Read more »

Flint painting workshop

Friday 8 March 10.30am – 12.30pm Gallery Studio In collaboration with our friends Adamson Collection Trust   Join us on International Women’s Day to explore the work of a little-known artist, Gwyneth Rowlands. A patient at a psychiatric hospital for 35 years, she collected and painted over 200 flints. Guided by artist researchers, you will… Read more »

Bethlem Salon: Looking back on Our Future Likes

Bethlem Salon: Looking Back on Our Future Likes   Saturday 26thJanuary 2019 11.00am – 4.00pm   Join us for an open studio session (11.00am – 1.00pm) to work with the themes of the exhibition. & for an informal discussion (3.00pm – 4.00pm) about art, young people and the way we live our lives on and… Read more »

Neuroscientist in residence: art workshop

Saturday 2 March 10.30am – 12.30pm Gallery Studio   In this workshop we will have Dr. Tunbridge with us, as well as a selection of human brain tissue samples, slides and neuron imagery. Join us for gentle drawing exercises inspired by the scientific specimens, as well as an opportunity to ask Liz your science related… Read more »

Collaging personality postcards – art workshop

Saturday 2 February 10.30am – 12.30am Gallery Studio Inspired by the text-based works that exhibiting artist Eleanor Minney created with patients on the National Psychosis Unit, join us to develop personality postcards or pieces of experimental writing using words cut from second-hand books. No previous art experience necessary, all welcome. Under 16’s must be accompanied… Read more »

The Ice House

Bethlem Wood Library is working on Bethlem Gallery’s Mental Health and Justice project. This is the first year of a four year, Wellcome funded provision for public engagement. Our artists with lived experience programme will be focused on two concepts that have been central to the mental health reform movement: the concept of support in decision-making and… Read more »

Artists announced for first year of Mental Health and Justice project

We are very happy to announce the artists who will lead on this first year of Bethlem Gallery’s Mental Health and Justice project.  They are: Bethlem Wood Library Mark Titchner OOMK Re:create Psychiatry Vacuum Cleaner We presented the artist programme for this year to the researchers at the annual colloquium held at the Wellcome Collection… Read more »

How do we? Why do we?

Art. Discussion. Tea. Saturday 29th September Bethlem GalleryThis event is free and open to everyone but, because of limited capacity, please rsvp at: – Art in action around the Bethlem site.Bethlem Wood Library will be inviting participants to join them in making on site. For the last 10 years Bethlem Wood Library has been investigating the potential… Read more »

Creative writing and art workshop – what does the NHS mean to you?

Thursday 5 July 12:00 – 14:30 Bethlem Gallery   What does the NHS mean to you? Join us for a workshop exploring your experiences of the NHS, led by writer David Gilbert and artist Beth Hopkins.  Through creative writing we will explore your perspectives into what matters in the NHS, healthcare and wellbeing. We’ll then convert the words… Read more »

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy

We are delighted to announce that 9 Bethlem Artists have work hanging in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts This year our Patron, Grayson Perry, was curating the exhibition and facilitated Bethlem Artists, amongst other artists who had never shown in mainstream spaces before, to submit their work. The historic show is… Read more »

Alternative Seventy

Venue: Long Gallery Maudsley 2 July – 28 September This exhibition provides an alternative celebration of the NHS at 70. It reveals perspectives of the people at the centre of our hospitals, the subjects of their work, and the environments within which they were making, from 1948 to the present day. We present a unique chance… Read more »

Art Workshop: Deconstructing the Self Portrait

Sat 2nd June 10:30am – 12pm Gallery Studio Join us to make a new kind of self portrait. Inspired by John M’s powerful drawings in the IN/DI/VISIBLE exhibition, we will begin by drawing ourselves, then cutting out particular features and transforming them with collage. We’ll play with the relationships between mark making, shape and colour,… Read more »

Diversity and the archive

Saturday 26th May  10.30am – 12.30pm   Join us for an informal discussion about artists’ use of public and private archives. Explore ways in which archives can be used to develop and reflect on your own practice. In conversation: Teresa Cisneros, cultural producer and Daniel Regan, artist and exhibitor in IN/DI/VISBLE.   Teresa Cisneros is a Chicana (Mexican-American)… Read more »

Bethlem Salon #9: Finding Fanon May 26, 3.30 – 5pm

Join us for an exciting afternoon with Artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy. The discussion after the screening will be chaired by David A. Bailey. Bethlem Salon #9: Finding Fanon 26 May, 3.30 – 5pm   The Bethlem Salon Series brings together artists, academics and clinicians to think about a particular theme. Salon #9 offers a screening of Larry… Read more »

Dismantling Maslow’s Pyramid: The Needs Machine

Saturday 5th May 1-5pm at Bethlem Gallery With Laura Palmer, Ed Thornton and Tim A Shaw Free and open to all – no booking needed Understanding human need is particularly relevant task for modern times. Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ is the dominant theoretical model referenced in social policy, pedagogy, advertising and clinical practice and remains… Read more »

Lino printing workshop

7 April 10.30 am – 12  pm Gallery Studio   Join artist Esther Maxwell-Orumbie for a morning of lino cutting and printing. We will be creating our own images taking inspiration from African masks. Esther will share her own practice and guide you through the processes of printing. Esther is exhibiting her work in IN/DI/VISIBLE… Read more »

Exciting news!

We are very excited to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust for four years to commission artists with lived experience to work with researchers from Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London on the complex and important area of mental health and justice. Winning this grant means the… Read more »

Launch of Elephants (Fragile) by David Gilbert

                    Wednesday 21 February 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm   Join us for the launch of our writer-in-residence David Gilberts’ latest pamphlet: Elephants (Fragile) published by Cinnamon Press. The humane poems in Elephants (Fragile) chronicle a journey through mental illness, including takes on the workings of the… Read more »

Wreath Making Workshop

Join us at Bethlem Gallery for a seasonal session of wreath making, using materials provided by the stunning grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Led by artist Matthew, who will be on hand to offer his expertise in how to make your wreath look perfect, this 3 hour DIY workshop will give you a wonderful insight… Read more »

Tate Exchange, 3 December

Join us for one of our final events as part of our September exhibition It’s how well you bounce in collaboration with Tate Exchange.   Time Well Spent Sunday 3rd December 14:00 – 18:00 Free   Tate Exchange, Level 5, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG How are ideas of time and productivity related to our mental health? Organised in… Read more »

World mental health day 2017

To mark World Mental Health Day 2017 Bethlem Gallery Artist Kim has written a poem.    Yesterday was painful But also beautiful Too unbearable Also bliss You see a summer falls to winter, There are transitional seasons But it’s the cold and the hot days you remember It’s world mental health day! I’ve been mentally… Read more »

RE:CREATE Psychiatry – Let Your Voice be Heard

A RE:CREATE Psychiatry project questioning notions of resilience in the therapeutic encounter. The aim of this project is to provide a platform for unheard and marginalised voices in mental health services and connect them to a wider community. To start a conversation between patients on SLaM Wards and Service Users in the Community at The… Read more »

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Join us at the Bethlem Gallery this summer for some groundbreaking new theatre. Today’s lesson is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Chris Woodley’s autobiographical solo show The Soft Subject (A Love Story) invites us back into the classroom to learn about loss, survival, and Brazil nuts! In this highly-energetic, pop-fuelled, heart-on-the-sleeve account, Woodley… Read more »

XX Events

Celebrate our 20th birthday in style and join in on any of our exciting events this summer…   Project ALCHEMY Saturday 1 July 3 – 5pm Ismail Ali (Project ALCHEMY) will install a combined laboratory & theatre activating our limited edition anniversary mugs. Apply special formulae & technical process. Inject infusiasm. Create hot/cold brewed solutions… Read more »

Traces Events & Workshops

  Join us for workshops and events in June with artist Beth Hopkins as part of her exhibition Traces. Lost and found: Book making workshop 3 June, 10am – 12pm Join artist Beth Hopkins to make a concertina book around the theme of lost and found, or objects left behind. Bring an object you have… Read more »

Debate with The Artist Taxi Driver

Saturday 6th May 1-3pm Bethlem Gallery Join us for a cup of tea and a round table debate with The Artist Taxi Driver to explore his distinct multidisciplinary art practice that includes performance, video, painting, critical debate and interventions into the media.   You can view The Artist Taxi Driver’s videos here and some of his… Read more »

Easter egg decorating

Come and celebrate springtime and join us for our egg decorating workshop. Draw, paint, collage, mixed media. All ages welcome. 7 April, 10am – 12pm Book here

Artists’ Self Publishing Workshop

Join us for an artists’ self-publishing workshop as part of the exhibition Thinking Society: Art and Social Psychiatry A workshop exploring combinations of image and text. Make your perspective on the world public! Saturday 1 April 2 – 5pm Book here

Nursing the Archive

Sat Feb 4, 1 – 5pm We are making an alternative archive. Join us on Saturday 4 February 1 – 5pm. Bring your own images of nursing/care or work with our collection. Drop-in collage activity – all welcome.

Last chance to see Bedlam: Asylum and Beyond

If you haven’t seen the Wellcome Collection’s Bedlam: Asylum and Beyond don’t forget to catch it this week! It’s on until 15 January. We would like to extend a big thank you to the Wellcome team for their support and generosity. It’s been a real privilege for the Bethlem Gallery and Museum to collaborate with the Wellcome… Read more »

Garland Making

14 December, 11am – 1pm Join us at Bethlem Gallery for a collaborative Christmas workshop. This workshop gives you the chance to contribute to the creation of a festive garland that will be displayed on the Bethlem Royal Hospital grounds over the festive period. You will be sharing the experience with a range of people who will… Read more »

Wreath Making

3 December, 2 – 4pm   Join us at Bethlem Gallery for a seasonal session of wreath making, using materials provided by the stunning grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Led by artist Matthew, who will be on hand to offer his expertise in how to make your wreath look perfect, this 2 hour DIY workshop… Read more »

Bethlem Salon #7 ‘Work with me’: the ethics of collaboration

OPEN WORKSHOP Saturday 26th November, 11.00 – 15.30 Bethlem Royal Hospital. SEMINAR DISCUSSION Thursday 1st December, 17.30 – 20.00 Studio 288, Goldsmiths College, Art Education Building, 288 New Cross Rd. Details of workshop & speakers: To book tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page: Open Workshop Seminar Discussion Bethlem Salon #7 is a collaboration between the Bethlem Gallery… Read more »

Raving and Melancholy Debates

The ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy’ Debates 26th October, 4.30-7pm Curated by Dr Deji Ayonrinde, Consultant Psychiatrist Join us for the inaugural event in a specially curated programme of debates designed to promote active dialogue about national and global issues relevant to mental health, the arts and culture within the world’s oldest psychiatric institution, the Bethlem Royal… Read more »

Nursing the image

You are warmly invited to an informal workshop at the Bethlem to talk about images of nursing and the ‘art’ of care. We are particularly interested in hearing the perspectives of nurses who used to work in mental health settings, but all are welcome!   Friday 30th September, 4-6pm The Bethlem Gallery Bethlem Royal Hospital Monks Orchard… Read more »

Reclaiming Asylum Events

Join us for talks, walks, workshops and artistic encounters this Autumn SPACE IN MIND – FREE A three-day symposium exploring the intersections of art, architecture, psychiatry and geography DAY 1: ASYLUM TOPOGRAPHIES Thursday 22nd September, 16.30 – 20.00 DAY 2: SITE – BODY – VOICE Friday 23rd September, 16.30 – 20.00 DAY 3: CONTESTED SITES… Read more »

Bedlam: Asylum and Beyond

Bedlam: Asylum and Beyond opens this week at the Wellcome Collection 15 September 2016 – 15 January 2017   Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who… Read more »

History Walks at Bethlem

What was here before? Due to popular demand we will be repeating our history walk every last Saturday of the month come rain or shine. Join us for a walk around the stunning grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital with artist Matthew in collaboration with the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. On this walk we… Read more »

Lost to the Universe – artist spotlight

‘‘I was very pleased to find out that I was exhibiting at the Bethlem Gallery. This last decade I have been concentrating with work of forms and colours. My poetry expresses hard times in the past and optimistic views of the future. I feel that now I look forward in colour instead of looking at… Read more »

Bethlem Bat Hunt

Thursday 11 August 8pm-9:30pm Join Ishpi Blatchley and the Bethlem Wood Library for a bat hunt in the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital where we’ll be using a bat detector to discover the bats of Bethlem. Please bring sturdy footwear and a torch. We will meet in the Bethlem Gallery at 8pm to start the… Read more »

Making Space for Wellbeing

Making Space for Wellbeing An exhibition at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital will run until September including work from Guys and St Thomas’ Charity, Bethlem Gallery, Museum of Life Sciences, The Gordon Museum, The Old Operating Theatre and the Science Gallery. Research shows how being active, giving to others, connecting to people, taking notice of… Read more »

Manifestations of the Mind

Artist Antonia Attwood is crowdfunding for her excellent and engaging arts and health project Manifestations of the Mind. Have a read of our interview with Antonia and donate towards her Kickstarter. Can you tell us a bit about who you are what you do? I’m Antonia Attwood, an artist filmmaker who makes films about the phenomenology of mental… Read more »

Creativity and Wellbeing Week, 13 – 19 June

Image: Study for ‘Conversation Points’ by Michaela Ross It’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week across London and the UK, 13 – 19 June. Join us in celebrating the hundreds of events showcasing the impressive variety and quality in the arts and health sector. Creativity and Wellbeing Week is hosted by London Arts and Health Forum, a membership organisation which… Read more »