Bethlem Gallery is one of the only organisations of its kind in the UK – an independent art gallery and studio embedded in a psychiatric hospital setting, working across and beyond the UK.
We work in many ways to support the art practice, health and development of artists who have contact with mental health services, and bridge communities with the aim of reducing stigma and promoting understanding about mental health. The gallery has enormous value as a non clinical, non hierarchical space for service users, staff and local communities. It provides a space for art practice, reflection, care, learning and community.
We change lives through opportunities to develop a professional art practice, and through making it possible to forge new identities, agency, skills, connections and understanding. We promote conversations around mental health that reduce stigma, and support, challenge and change clinical and cultural practice.
We measure our impact against our strategic aims. We are trialling a new evaluation framework that ensures that our artists are at the core, working with us to develop surveys and interviews, and feeding into what and how we record the value in what we do.