23rd September - 16th October
Around the kitchen table
Bethlem Gallery

Around the kitchen table is an exhibition of works by patients and staff of Bethlem Royal Hospital and Bethlem Gallery artists. The kitchen table can be a shared space for meeting, talking, doing and exploring, the work in this exhibition brings together perspectives on this communal space; how we use it, and what it means to us. In the centre of the gallery, sits a table made by the Bethlem Wood Library for the exhibition from wood sourced from the hospital grounds. This table will be activated over the course of the exhibition with workshops, discussions, lunches and things to do, collectively or alone.


Opening 23 September 3 – 5pm

4pm – For the opening event, artist and poet Dan Duggan will read some extracts from Luxury of the Dispossessed, his book of derelicts, poems from purgatory and stories of incarceration on psychiatric wards under the provisions of The Mental Health act.


Download the exhibition booklet here





 Open lunch at the table hosted by the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit

Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September


Patients and staff from the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit will be hosting the gallery table for two lunchtimes and inviting everyone and anyone to come and join them for lunch. Bring your own sandwiches, takeaway, crisps or salad and enjoy lunch in a new environment. On display on the table will be a set of plates made by the patients that respond to their individual OCD thoughts around food and eating.




Enlightening walk for gatherers
Saturday 3rd October

Join artist Matthew for a walk around the hospital grounds to collect and gather acorns, conkers and other materials. We will then create food baskets back at the gallery as offerings to the hospital’s varied wildlife inhabitants. See the natural world in a different way; through the eyes of animals! Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for walking in woodlands.

To book your place, please RSVP to info@bethlemgallery.com or visit our Eventbrite page



Engrave your own glass with Rosalie Schweiker
Saturday 3rd October


As pat of our curent exhibition, Around the kitchen table, artist Rosalie Schweiker is running a glass engarving workshop around the gallery table. Design and engrave your very own tumbler to take home.

Rosalie is an artist who does lot’s of things. In her flat, She facilitates regular get-togethers which celebrate the DIY spirit, such as Why do it at the Tate if you could do it in your living room (with Eva Rowson and Maria Guggenbichler, 2014) or The Pizza, a monthly pizza dinner in honour of a person whom she and her collaborators like (with Hannah Clayden, Jo Waterhouse and Mario D’Agostino, since 2013).


To book your place, please RSVP to info@bethlemgallery.com or visit our Eventbrite page



Bring it to the table with the Artist Taxi Driver

Saturday 3rd October

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 taxi driver and prominent political and social protestor whose YouTube channel, under the name chunkymark, has attracted nearly 50,000 subscribers.


To book your place, please RSVP to info@bethlemgallery.com or visit our Eventbrite page



Who are we and what is important to us?

Thursday 8th October


Join patients and occupational therapists from Gresham 2 ward for a workshop and discussion on who we are and what is important to us.

Drop-in anytime between 2-4pm. 




Additional events throughout Around the kitchen table…

Patients and staff from the hospital have been invited to host the gallery table and have been working together to create workshops and events that will be open to the public. Please check this page for details as events get posted up.

Contributors will include:

Gresham 2 ward
Bethlem Adolescent Unit