A new show opens at the Bethlem Gallery next week, showcasing the creative talent of Hospital patients. The exhibition, Unescorted #2, comprises work by over 20 patients, including paintings, drawings photography, digital art and music, offering a glimpse into the artists’ daily lives and unique ways of seeing. The artwork ranges from architectural graphite drawings, to vibrant paintings of Caribbean scenes, and illustrative pen and ink sketches of imaginative characters.
Alongside the traditional psychiatric treatments, art technicians working within Occupational Therapy enable patients to engage in creative activities through the simple process of identifying and nurturing their hidden talents. Similarly, during music sessions participants have the opportunity to record their thoughts, feelings and perceptions and turn them into compositions and lyrics.
A consultant psychiatrist said of the show, “Music, writing, drama, and particularly art are forms by which patients have a chance to share their story with others and in doing so move that bit closer to a safe and successful life in the community. The music concerts and art exhibitions that take place at River House are perhaps a high point in a treatment that is otherwise complex and challenging.”
All are welcome at the Opening Event, on Wednesday 27 October, 3 – 6pm.
28 October – 19 November, Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
Bethlem Gallery and Museum are both open on Saturday 6 November, 11am – 6pm