Posts By: Bethlem Gallery

Bluebell Relaxation Walks

Come on a 1-hour walk around the extensive grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital to explore the bluebells amongst the woods and relax in the grassy meadows. Artist Matthew will lead this walk and guide us through some simple relaxation techniques as we go. Along the way we will also encounter some of his sculptural… Read more »

Writer’s Corner

This is a new blog which has been set up to showcase the writing of people involved in the Bethlem Gallery be they artists, volunteers, past or current patients. We currently have a writing group open to people who have been part of SLaM services at some point in their lives which takes place on… Read more »

Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making

The Bethlem Gallery is very proud to announce that 5 of our fabulous artists are exhibiting in… Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making Outside In National 2016 in collaboration with Craftspace 34 international and UK artists who express their creativity unbounded by taught conventions are showing work in Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, a… Read more »

Writer’s corner

Writer’s Corner This is a new blog which has been set up to showcase the writing of people involved in the Bethlem Gallery be they artists, volunteers, past or current patients. We currently have a writing group open to people who have been part of SLaM services at some point in their lives which takes… Read more »


Please join us for the exhibition opening this Friday 4 March 4-8pm How my art helped my recovery – Emerging by Sarah Carpenter – an exhibition of photographs in the Maudsley Long Gallery. The Long Gallery, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ – You can find out more about the show and the long gallery here The show… Read more »

Letting the Light In

Daily Life Ltd’s Public Lightbox Installation LETTING IN THE LIGHT has caused a minor media sensation!!! Bethlem Gallery and Outside In have collaborated with this project and we are very excited that it is getting so much attention and such a positive response. The exhibition is on the street opposite Stratford Library and is lit up 24 hours a… Read more »

Artist talk

Join artist Elena Brebner for a Q&A and a guided tour of her exhibition   Saturday 30 January, 1 – 2pm   Event is free, all welcome!   RSVP to

Letting the Light In

Join us on #BlueMonday, 25 January, 5 – 7pm, to celebrate Letting the Light In a collaborative exhibition with Daily Life Ltd and Outside In. Daily Life Ltd is proud to present this exhibition of work by thirty five artists, illuminating our understanding of the experience of mental distress. Bobby Baker’s pioneering Stratford-based arts and mental health organisation,… Read more »

Season’s greetings from the Bethlem Gallery!

Season’s greetings from the Bethlem Gallery!  What a year we have had, What a year we have had, we can hardly believe that this time last year we were packing our meagre belongings and preparing ourselves for the most significant year in the life of the gallery to date. The new building has been a… Read more »

The Verrelic Magi, Arrival

Xavier White wishes you seasonal greetings with: The Verrelic Magi, Arrival. Bethlem Royal Hospital’s chapel. Spreading light in the season of good will, bringing in an inspired 2016 of imagination and possibility. Opening Wednesday December 16th with Bethlem Royal Hospital’s Carol Service at 3pm. The Installation progresses until 15th January 2016. Bethlem Chapel | Royal… Read more »

Bethlem Salon #5

As part of the Bethlem Salon Series join us for a practical workshop, exhibition and discussion event to explore the relationship between making and (co) constructing a sense of self. “This transformation of one’s self by one’s own knowledge is I think, something rather close to the aesthetic experience. Why should a painter work if he is… Read more »

Game from the series Dreaming Aloud © Sara Haq, 2015

  Dreaming Aloud Sara Haq An exhibition of photographic prints November 2015 – January 2016 Mon-Fri 8.30am – 6.30pm Bromley by Bow Health Centre Reception St Leonard’s Street Bromley by Bow London E3 3BT   This exhibition was commissioned by Daily Life Ltd ( and is supported by the Bromley by Bow… Read more »

Wreath Making Workshop

Join artists Matthew and Sue on Thursday 17th December for a free Wreath Making Workshop where we will gather our own materials from the incredible woodlands on-site here at the hospital. 11am – 1pm – Gathering materials 2pm – 4pm – Wreath making This is a unique opportunity to explore the grounds under the guidance of… Read more »

Welcoming our new patron – Grayson Perry!

“Art is the greatest asset to mental health I have” – Artist Grayson Perry, Patron of Bethlem Gallery and Museum We can’t believe it’s been 8 months in our beautiful new building. Grayson Perry was the guest speaker at the launch party of our new home in March and has subsequently become our patron. His… Read more »

Liz Atkin Solo Exhibition “Curdled” in LA

Liz Atkin: Curdled October 20-Dec 20, 2015 UCLA Medical Center & University of Southern California The excitement continues for Gallery artist Liz Atkin as she takes her work all the way to LA! Liz will be sharing her lived experience and recovery through art, speaking next week at UCLA at the LCR Gallery on Monday, Keck School… Read more »

Liz Atkin’s work featured as part of Fragmentary Exhibition: Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind

October 19th — 30th (PV: 22nd, 6:30pm – 9pm) The Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road, London, E5 8BQ Open daily (except Wednesday) 12pm — 6pm “As neuroscience rapidly advances our ability to see both the brain’s ‘trees’ and its vastly intricate and diverse forests, we may find that the most beautiful landscape of all is… Read more »

Bethlem Salon #4

Bethlem Salon #4: ‘The Institution, Objects and Individual’ Friday, October 9th, 2015 6.00 – 8.00pm   Bethlem Gallery and Museum Bethlem Royal Hospital Monks Orchard Rd Beckenham Kent BR3 3BX   How do people negotiate themselves, the hospital environment and the objects within? Following on from the recent Bethlem Gallery exhibit, ‘Art and the Other’, co-curator Dr… Read more »

Bring it to the table with the Artist Taxi Driver Saturday 3rd October 3pm Bring it to the table with the Artist Taxi Driver and take part in a lively chat on politics, social and current affairs over a cuppa. Free tea and coffee for all participants. The Artist Taxi Driver is an artist, London… Read more »

Free Workshop

Join us at the Bethlem Gallery Studio for a free workshop as part of our last exhibition Art and the Other. 11am – 1pm, Saturday 29th August Boundary Objects: A practical workshop facilitated by Michaela Ross and Alana Jelinek. Please bring a personal object, or object you have made for a temporary intervention in the hospital… Read more »

Join us this Friday and Saturday

28 August Workshop with Daniel 2-3pm Join artist Daniel for this calming and meditative workshop that takes inspiration from his spiritual geometric artworks. You will explore geometric shapes, lines and bright colours to create organic and playful mandalas. To book your place, please RSVP to or visit our Eventbrite page 29 August Outside In:… Read more »

Madlove: A Designer Asylum

Art and the Other Events Madlove: A Designer Asylum  3.00 – 4.00pm 1st August An artists talk by the vacuum cleaner, in collaboration with Hannah Hull Is it possible to go mad in a positive way? How would you create a safe place in which to do so? If you designed your own asylum, what… Read more »

Artcakes and Artwalks!

All Day Join us on Saturday 4 July for fun and frolics in the sun. Enjoy the creative endeavours of the gallery and museum, explore the beautiful hospital grounds, or relax our new deckchairs! Artcakes (see above) & tea made by Sue B. Get them before they’re gone! 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Both The… Read more »

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… Read more »

Official Launch Day – Grayson Perry speaks on art and mental health

Image: Dr Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with artist Grayson Perry giving speeches at Bethlem Gallery and Museum official launch © Camilla Greenwell An extremely exciting first month in our new home drew to a close last week with the spectacular finale of our official launch.   Funders, partners… Read more »

Book Launch: Luxury of the Dispossessed

Saturday 28 Feb, 3-4pm Please join us at the Bethlem Gallery for the book launch of Luxury of the Dispossessed by poet and artist Dan Duggan, featuring readings from the book followed by a discussion about the role of the arts and writing in the hospital setting, with Dan Duggan, Beth Elliott, Bethlem Gallery Director,… Read more »

Bethlem Arts film wins award

Guardian journalist Gareth Rubin and Bethlem Arts team were given an award at the 2014 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Gareth’s film interviewed three Bethlem Artists talking about their work, their recovery and what role art plays in their lives and wellbeing. Artists Dan Duggan, Terence Wilde, and Stephanie Bates enjoyed the proud moment… Read more »