Announcing our New Trustees
Bethlem Gallery are pleased to announce our new trustees Ashokkumar Mistry, Jessie Hunt, Shubulade Smith CBE and Sonia Solicari. They join our current trustees Kate Morris, Rachel Evans (Chair), Rebecca Gray, and Shamita Sharmacharja.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank our current trustee board and in particular outgoing trustees David O’Flynn and Victoria Pomery for their incredible support for the gallery over the years.
Find out more about our new trustees below:
Ashokkumar Mistry is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator working in the UK and internationally. As a practicing artist, Ashokkumar harnesses his neurodivergence to create artworks across visual art and performance. He has been focused on researching and writing about disability and neurodiversity. His writing encompasses direct research and personal experiences relating to neurodiversity with a view to sharing experiences and changing attitudes.
Jessie Hunt has a background in campaigning, marketing and digital for major charities, not-for-profits and arts organisations like Tate, the V&A, the British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Friends of the Earth. She is passionate about art, mental health, the environment and social justice. Jessie experienced postpartum psychosis ‘out of the blue’ in 2013, two weeks after the birth of her baby, and was treated at the Bethlem Royal Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit. Alongside her consultancy projects, Jessie works with the charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis, helping to raise awareness of the illness through the media by supporting women and families in sharing their stories. In her spare time, she loves walking her dogs and enjoys a good cup of tea. www.jessiehunt.com
Shubulade Smith CBE is a consultant psychiatrist and clinical director for forensic services at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a senior lecturer at Kings College London. Dr Smith is known nationally and internationally for her work in the hormonal and reproductive effects of antipsychotic medications. Her research interests include advancing mental health equality; Black mental health; intensive care and emergency psychiatry; side effects of psychotropic medications; physical health in SMI (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders); women’s mental health and Mental Health Law.
Sonia Solicari is Director of the Museum of the Home in London, where she recently oversaw a major redevelopment project to double public space and introduced a vision which centres creative practice for social change. She is currently co-director of the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership with Queen Mary, University of London and an international hub for research on the home, past, present and future. Sonia has previously held roles at Guildhall Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.