Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Protest Art exhibited in Museums, new trend unfolds?

It looks like there is a new trend running in some of London's major Galleries, within the M25 at least. There currently are three - soon going to be four - Museum and Galleries offering some space to the reactionary voices and messages from psychiatry survivors, activist and artists that are rising awareness about the damages psychiatry - and generally conventional medicine - has been causing for far too long and still is: from severe addictions to damaging medication side effects and tortures, rather than treatments, to the most brutal approach of keeping people chained (in Indonesia), in unison what everyone is demanding is care, awareness and change.

On reaching the (Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Rd, Beckenham BR3 3BX) some thought provoking messages are exposed facing the main road, visible to all visitors and passerby: "Some questions about us" by Mark Titchner (10th July - 31st December 2019)


The Bethlem, or Bedlam, Gallery & Museum, within the Hospital grounds, is hosting two interesting and important shows from the Survivor's perspective.
On the first floor the Museum of the Mind has displayed material from Mad Pride, Survivors Speak Out and many more in"Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy"

The show"Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about?" (7th September - 8th November 2019) is the real highlight of the current exhibitions, curated by artist and activist Dolly Sen 
The group show is a powerful collection of survivors works, statements and memorabilia.
A programme of events runs alongside it: see

Reviews and more info on
Huck magazine
and DAO

 Artist Dolly Sen opens the exhibition she curated in Beckenham, Friday 6th September 2019 

The Wellcome Collection is also dedicating some space to some disabled artists material and controversial themes in the new permanent exhibition "Being Human"

Soon the New Medicine Galleries @ the Science Museum will re-open the full second floor after a couple of years of redevelopment. Here there will be a little corner dedicated to the "old asylums" to which some of us survivors have offered some insights from our personal experiences. The Gallery will open to the public on Friday 15th November 2019. We are eager to see how our words and contribution will be presented there to reach the public and how the audience will reply.

Are all these material/exhibitions making any impact on society or is it mere amusement to some?

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