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All events are free and take place on the Bethlem Royal Hospital site, unless otherwise stated.

Exhibitions 2013/2014

11 October - 31 January 2014
Back From Holiday: An exhibition showcasing the return of many well-travelled paintings to the Museum!


Bethlem Museum
10 October - 2 February

Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors
Inspired by Lisa Appignanesi’s acclaimed book,
Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present, the exhibition highlights the experience of women and their relationship to those who confined, cared for and listened to them.  It also shows how women today conduct their own explorations of mind and imagination in challenging works of art. The exhibition contains many artworks and objects from Bethlem’s collection.


Freud Museum London, NW3 5SX
8 January - 31 January  Mansions in the Orchard: The name Bethlem or Bedlam resonates through our cultural landscape. Drawing heavily on this symbolism, as well as metaphor from art and literature, photographer Max Reeves brings life to the architecture of the current hospital site. Uncover the lost mansions in the orchard through these images and the stories of those that have used the site over the last sixty years, and add your own tales to our archive.


Bethlem Gallery
12 February – 17 March  Art as Healing: This exhibition will be one of the main events of the Adamson Festival, featuring a range of works from the Collection.


Bethlem Gallery
12 February - 5 July   

Edward Adamson and William Kurelek: two artists of the mind
Celebrated Canadian artist William Kurelek was a patient at Netherne and painted some of most famous paintings from that period in Adamson’s studio. This exhibition brings together five masterpieces by Kurelek (two lent by Adamson Collection Trust, and three from the Museum’s collection), drawings by Adamson and recently discovered paintings from Adamson’s first studio found at the Museum, along with historical material from the Adamson Collection.  This exhibition is part of  the Adamson Festival.
For more details about the Adamson Festival click here.


Bethlem Museum
24 February - 17 April  Clearer, Bluer Sky: For almost 700 years, Bethlem Royal Hospital was situated in the heart of London. In the early 1920s, the Governors decided to move the hospital to its present location on the Kent/Surrey borders, and purchased the Monks Orchard Estate. This exhibition explores the conversion of the site from country estate to modern hospital through maps, archive photographs and art from the collections of Bethlem’s Archives and Museum.


Bromley Local Studies, Bromley Central Library, BR1 1EX
13 February - 1 May  Adamson Festival: Paint to Heal
Utilising the formerly unused staff corridor, the Maudsley Long Gallery will host the second long gallery showing, ‘Paint to Heal’ the show, which will be supported by Bethlem Gallery Director Beth Elliott and Senior Communications Officer Richard Morley. The exhibition will include up to 60 copied and framed art works which will be supplied by the Wellcome Library. After the exhibition the items will be loaned to SLaM by ACT and will be displayed at Lambeth Hospital, where the Collection was kept between 1997-2012. 
For more details about the Adamson Festival 
click here.
Maudsley Long Gallery, Maudsley Hospital, SE5 8AZ

Events 2014

Saturday, 11 January,
2-4pm    
Art in the Orchard: Drop-in creative session with the artist where you are invited to add directly to the exhibition.


Bethlem Gallery
Saturday 15 February,
2pm      
William Kurelek: Come and hear about the life of Canadian artist, William Kurelek, and see his famous artwork, The Maze.


Bethlem Museum
Saturday, 1 March, 2pm  Edward Adamson: Consultant Psychiatrist, David O’Flynn, will be giving a talk on Edward Adamson and the current exhibition.


Bethlem Museum
Tuesday, 11 March,
2.30-4.30pm 

A Treasure-House of Our History: Talk and Collection Day at Central Hall, Bromley Central Library.
Join us for a talk on the history of the Hospital, exploring the Monks Orchard site over the past 90 years.  The talk will be followed by refreshments and a chance to share your own material on the history of Bethlem at Monks Orchard. Help fill a gap in the Bethlem Archives for the twentieth century! Photographs, maps, plans, event brochures and other ephemera are all valuable to us. We are particularly interested in any items relating to the former onsite entertainment hall and Park Farm (before and after its closure in the 1950s).

Central Hall, Bromley Central Library, BR1 1EX

 


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