The Bethlem Gallery, established 1997, is situated on the grounds of The Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Managed by a small, artist-led team, the gallery provides a professional space for high-quality artwork and fosters a supportive artist-focused environment.
Exhibitions and events are programmed throughout the year presenting a wide range of mediums and contemporary practice. The gallery is an ideal platform for experimentation, collaboration and skills exchange. Collectively we strive to develop the careers, experience and expertise of the gallery artists by creating opportunities for professional development. Our successful artist-in-residence projects also work with patients and staff on site to improve people’s experience of the hospital environment.
The Bethlem Gallery programme includes collaborations with Bethlem Museum of the Mind, artists-in-residence, interdisciplinary research and partnerships with arts organisations across the UK and beyond. We campaign for access to the arts in healthcare environments and engage audiences in learning and debate on the subject of mental health and artistic practice.
The gallery is free and open to all. Donations are welcomed.
“Pills are ok, counselling is ok and it will get you back on the streets, but what keeps your mind alive is what you learn here. That’s what it’s about – keeping your spirit alive.” – Lee, Bethlem artist.
Dr David O’Flynn (Chair)
Dr David O’Flynn, Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation and Challenging Behaviour. David has been a consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist with SLaM since 2001, and has worked in a range of rehabilitation locations in Lambeth, both in the community and in hospital settings. He has been Consultant to Tony Hillis Unit since 2010. He was co-author of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation chapter in the 2003 edition of US definitive book, Schizophrenia. He works with SLaM’s HIV and mental health team, CASCAID, making him one of the few psychiatrists with expertise in HIV psychiatry in the UK, bringing that expertise to THU. He has worked with the World Health Organisation in Geneva on HIV. He has collaborators with UNAIDS and the Global Fund. He works widely across mental health and the creative arts, Chairing the Adamson Collection Trust, an internationally recognised collection of art by people living in an asylum.
Rachel Evans (Chair of the Bethlem Gallery from April 2020)
Rachel Evans has recently started a new role as a board member at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as their executive director for Strategy and People. Rachel previously worked at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and worked closely with the Bethlem Gallery, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and the Maudsley Charity. Rachel started her career as a government lawyer and has held a number of senior positions focusing on strategy development and change management. She has worked across a range of different public sector organisations, including in central government and in Europe.
Rebecca Gray is chief executive of Maudsley Charity. She is responsible for developing the charity’s strategic aims, leading its involvement in major projects and overseeing grant making and governance. Rebecca joined the charity at the start of 2016 from The King’s Fund, where she was director of communications and information. She has worked in the health sector since 1997, initially at The Alzheimer’s Society. She has held senior roles at Monitor and at the Healthcare Commission as well as its predecessor organisation, the Commission for Health Improvement.
Kate Morris is currently Finance Director at Morden College. Formerly Director of Finance & Resources at the charity Volunteering Matters, Kate has extensive experience as a leader in the voluntary sector and a finance professional. She is a qualified accountant, an associate member of CIMA. Kate is also a trustee of Drink Aware.
Victoria Pomery OBE
Victoria Pomery was appointed Director of Turner Contemporary in 2002. The gallery runs an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, an exemplary Learning Programme and a dynamic Public Programme. Victoria is responsible for the artistic vision and direction of the organisation and is closely involved with the delivery of all facets of the programme. In 2012, Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to the arts. In 2013 she was made a Kent Ambassador, received an Honorary Masters Degree from the University for the Creative Arts and judged the BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Victoria is Chair of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (South East) and is a board member of the Area Council for Arts Council England South East.
Bethlem Gallery Projects is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a linked charity (charity no. 1055440-3) to our umbrella charity the Maudsley Charity.