Unescorted #3 glimpses the lives and unique perspectives of patients at medium-secure psychiatric units. Opening on 5th October at the Bethlem Gallery the exhibition showcases creative mediums being used to compliment traditional psychiatric treatments. Over 20 patients will display work – many of them fresh from their success at this year’s Koestler Arts Awards, where twelve patients from Bethlem Royal Hospital have won awards. Much of the artwork produced by patients follows significant work by the hospital’s art technicians and occupational therapists who help identify and nurture a patient’s hidden creative talents.
Dr Tim McInerny, Consultant Psychiatrist, says “Art is an important part of the therapeutic process of recovery for patients at our medium secure units. Music, writing, drama, and particularly art are all 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 are perhaps a high point in a treatment that is otherwise complex and challenging.”
Exhibition open: 5th October – 4th November
Opening times: Wed, Thurs, Friday, 11am – 6pm and Saturday 8th October, 11am – 6pm
Address: The Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital,
Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
Travel: Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon