Fine-art research at the Bethlem is based on interdisciplinarity. As a research hospital, there is a range of professional expertise that we can call upon to help us reflect on what we do. The significance of art activity can be understood from a variety of perspectives – from psychology and psychiatry to philosophy, critical theory, occupational therapy and of course, art history and art theory.

Our main vehicle for these interdisciplinary conversations is the Bethlem Salon Series, quarterly events that bring together artists, academics and clinicians to think about a particular theme.

For each Salon, there is a related artist’s commission, a poster and a publication – Bethlem Papers.

If you would like to join the mailing list for the Salon Series please contact