Anxiety 2014 – Sanctuaries with Bethlem Gallery and Gasworks AND Curdled by Liz Atkin This Saturday at the ORTUS, SE5

Sanctuaries With artists Christina Kral, Patient X and Albert Potrony.
Sat 21 June, 15:00 – 17:00

ORTUS learning and events centre


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This event is the culmination of two collaborative artists’ residencies commissioned by Anxiety 2014 and will take the form of artists’ presentations and screenings.

Artists Christina Kral and ‘Patient X’ present their collaborative work exploring the idea of personal sanctuaries and acts of self-care within the everyday. Their modular cardboard spaces look at the concept and practice of dwelling. These participatory structures are the result of a three month-long exchange of ideas and working methods between the two artists. By continuously transforming the material, the artists negotiate their environments and create temporal spaces of self-expression.

The residency is co-hosted by Gasworks and Bethlem Gallery and funded by the Maudsley Charity.

Albert Potrony’s The Potential Space has been developed after a long period of engagement with the daily activities of the Friends of Cathja barge in Isleworth. The film focuses on the relationships between the people working in this unorthodox space, the work they produce and the setting they are in. By observing the parallels between making utilitarian objects and artistic practice and by documenting some of the rhythms, routines and processes that take place on the barge, The Potential Space reflects on what can happen when we engage in the process of making in the company of others.

Albert Potrony’s The Potential Space is comissioned by Anxiety 2014 & Friends of Cathja and Funded by Time to Change & the Mental Health Foundation

This event is part of Anxiety Arts Festival 2014


Curdled by Liz Atkin

Solo exhibition commissioned for Anxiety 2014 Arts Festival

‘Curdled’ is Liz Atkin’s personal exploration of the physical manifestations of anxiety, with a particular focus on the skin as a primary source for corporeal art. Through intimate photography, performance and installation, Atkin’s newly commissioned works investigate the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin. Compulsive Skin Picking, a condition related to anxiety disorders, dominated her body for more than 20 years and her practice aspires to de-stigmatise the illness, raise awareness and advocate recovery.

Free Exhibition : May 23rd – 3rd July from 9-6pm Monday – Friday

Liz Atkin

Visual Artist


The Impact Art Fair 2013 | Together We Can

The second Impact Art Fair took place at the Block 336 gallery in Brixton, from Fri 26th – Sun 28th July.

Led by Creative Future, it showcased work by talented artists whose opportunities are limited by mental health issues, disability, chronic ill health or social circumstance. About 280 artists contributed work this year, and over 1,300 people came along to view and buy the artwork.

This unique fair was supported by Maudsley Charity, and made possible thanks to your generous donations.

Among the works on display were 84 framed pictures by SLaM service users (some of which you can see in the image above).

Challenging stigma

‘We wanted the fair to demonstrate that artworks produced by artists operating on the edge are no less full of talent than mainstream offerings,’ says Simon Powell, Project Director of Creative Future.

‘We wanted to challenge assumptions about what marginalised artists and people can or cannot achieve, and to help improve participants’ wellbeing.’

Helen Shearn is the Head of SlaM Arts Strategy, and explains the importance of the partnership between SLaM and Creative Future that allowed the fair to take place.

‘SLaM service users have told us about the importance of exhibiting and performing in building a sense of wellbeing, inclusion and recovery,’ she says. ‘So the Impact Art Fair is a key event in SLaM’s arts strategy.’

Creative expression

Volunteers, including staff and service users, came together to help make the event a success: framing and displaying the artwork and managing the stalls. Sarah Joseph, an Occupational Therapist, was one of the volunteers.

‘What was great was people who had contributed postcard art works to the SLaM stall coming over and explaining what had lead them to producing that particular piece of art and the story behind it.’

As well as the framed postcards, there was artwork from local solo artists and SLaM’s partner organisations Bethlem Gallery, CoolTan Arts, The Three C’s, and the South East London Arts Network.

‘The soulful works express real raw feelings, uncensored, unpretentious, feelings that are unlimited by ‘normal constructs of art’ from people who are labeled as having mental health issues or disabilities, but who really hold magnificent healing qualities,’ says Simon Thomas, journalist for Galleries magazine.

A sense of community

Creative Future set out ‘to create a cultural event which bridges disparate sections of society,’ says Simon.

‘The sense of community that was developed during the build-up to the fair confirms that the celebratory nature of the event is a therapeutic model that works, with wide-ranging and profound impacts on those involved.

We’re hugely grateful to Maudsley Charity for their vision and far-sightedness in supporting this event, without which the benefits to those involved would not have been possible.’

You can also see the beautiful artwork featured at the fair in the Impact Art Fair brochure.

If you missed out on this years Impact Art Fair, you can listen to the audio blog by Matthew, SLaM TWIG Operations.

You can help us to support more projects that help those with mental health issues. Make a donation to South London and Maudsley today

#RT via Helen via Lots of lovely pictures here too!

See also

Audio Blog of the Impact Art Fair at 336 Brixton Road on 27th July 2013 by Matthew

Lovely audio blog by Matthew of his visit to the Impact Art Fair – well worth a listen!

Impact Art Fair

Please do come along to the Impact Art Fair

Showcasing the work by highly talented artists whose opportunities can be limited by mental ill health, disability or other social circumstances.

 Open this Friday and weekend only! 26th – 28th July 2013

11am – 6pm

At Block 336

336 Brixton Road

Contact Us

For more information please visit

How to get to us

July 26, 27, 28 2013

336 Brixton Road

Open 11am-6pm daily

Tickets £2 each

Nearest tube Brixton (7 min walk)

The Impact Art Fair has a definite South London connection, being hosted at Block 336 in Brixton, with stalls of amazing art by many of our local solo artists and partner organisations: Bethlem Gallery, CoolTan Arts , Three C’s, and SE London Art Network. And on the SLaM stall we are displaying 84 selected and framed art on postcards by service users from across the Trust.

The Impact Art Fair, led by Creative Future, in partnership with SLaM’s Arts Strategy has been generously supported by the Maudsley Charity.

The Impact Art Fair provides affordable stalls and specialist support to help artists participate and offers the public an array of distinctive, rich and unique artworks from 150-200 practitioners.

Hope to see you there and please advertise across your networks!

Kind regards


Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy

Face Value: New Exhibition at Bethlem Gallery & Annual Sunfayre

On 3rd July, a new exhibition opens at the Bethlem Gallery, showcasing young people’s artwork on the theme of identity. Young artists from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Bromley Pupil Referral Service (Kingswood) and Hayes School visited the Museum to view a variety of portraits from the collection, before using a variety of creative media to generate their own artwork. The exhibition runs until 26 July, and will be open on the day of the Bethlem Sunfayre.

The annual site open day takes place this year on Saturday 6 July, with activities and events running from 12 – 5pm. There will be live music, stalls, complementary therapies, free children’s entertainment, refreshments, exhibitions, talks, tours and art workshops. This year, the Archives and Museum will have a marquee, allowing us to offer additional exhibitions, talks on the History of Bethlem and to showcase the plans for the new Museum of the Mind. Museum staff will be on hand at all times to answer your questions and listen to your feedback. We look forward to seeing you there!

Face Value opens 3 July, 3 – 6pm

Exhibition continues: 4 – 26 July, Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm

Download the full Sunfayre programme from the TWIG Ops site here

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You are invited to My Singular Fascination by Liz Atkin, at the Bethlem Gallery

My Singular Fascination
By Liz Atkin

Liz Atkin’s work is informed by her curiosity with skin as a primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice.

Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin to question the limits of the body across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces. This personal investigation explores body-focused repetitive behaviour, rendering the skin to matter for re-sculpting.

Opening 20th February 2013, 3 – 6pm
Exhibition continues 21st February – 15th March
Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Museum and Gallery open Saturday 2nd March, 11am – 5pm. Join us for an artists’ talk at the gallery at 2pm

Free Entry – All Welcome!

The Bethlem Gallery | 020 3228 4101 | |

Bridge Over Troubled Water By Barrington – Free Art Exhibition

The Bethlem Gallery

You are invited to the first solo exhibition of a current resident of Bethlem Royal Hospital, presenting vibrant large-scale watercolours of imaginary scenes that represent his experiences growing up in Jamaica and England.
“My painting gives me great pleasure, and a way of expressing myself and my experiences in life.” – Barrington.

View the graphic flyer for this event: Bridge Over Troubled Water Poster

Exhibition is currently ongoing until the 2nd March
What time?: 11am – 6pm
What Days?: Wednesday – Friday
The Bethlem Gallery
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Free Entry – All Welcome!

The Bethlem Gallery | 020 3228 4835 / 4101 |