To our Bethlem Gallery community

As many of you will know by now, we have closed Bethlem Gallery to the public and suspended our events programme until further notice. This is following advice from UK Government and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust regarding the most proactive and measured ways to contain COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Our office hours continue to be 9am–5pm, Monday – Friday but keep in mind that we are now all working remotely.

For general enquiries, please email: or call: 07464502784 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We will be social despite the distance and gather together our community as much as possible over the coming weeks. We are putting together a programme to do this which will be announced in the near future. We know that online isn’t always the answer for many people in our community and so our approach will be broader than that. However, for those that do have access to the internet, please remember that we are on twitter, @Bethlem_Gallery and on instagram @bethlemgallery  and we’ll be using both these platforms to open our virtual Gallery doors and welcome you all in.

Please stay in touch with us and share any concerns, queries or ideas you have about our Gallery during this time.

There is a strong tradition of Bethlem artists creating exceptional work in exceptional circumstances and we will continue to support this in every way we can.

Wishing you all the best,

Lucy Owen

Bethlem Gallery Director (interim)


Image credit: Installation view of exhibition Unescorted #5

Unescorted showcases artwork by patients who have used medium secure services at Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The title Unescorted refers to the leave status granted to secure patients during their recovery. “Creative time can provide an outlet for expression, focus, play and freedom which acts as a valuable counterpoint for the restrictions of the hospital environment. The brain needs that.” Josip Lizatovic, Art Coordinator, River House.