Flight of Ideas is a new exhibition that has recently opened at Bethlem Gallery in the grounds of Royal Bethlem Hospital, Kent. On until 25 October and to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October this exhibition is a collaboration between innovative arts practice, studio spaces and galleries based within psychiatric healthcare settings in Croatia, France, Italy and the UK. All four organisations are unique within their own countries.
At the heart of the exhibition are the artists themselves. Their extraordinary talent is presented within the size of just a postcard, but they vary in the range of style, media and technique employed. Artists working within the hospital environments range from having formal arts training to the self-taught. Their work shows, better than any document, their identity as artists and their right to lay claim to that status.
Flight of Ideas is produced and hosted by The Bethlem Gallery, a well known contemporary gallery space in the grounds of the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world still functioning today. The second venue involved is Musée les Arcades, situated in the grounds of Montfavet Hospital in Avignon, France. The third venue involved is Hospital Vrapce in Zagreb, which is Croatia’s largest and oldest psychiatric institution and is the country’s only purpose built hospital for psychiatric patients. The final venue involved is Azienda USL di Reggio Emilia in Italy, which has a museum situated in one of the buildings of the former asylum.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Gallery and Museum will be open Saturday 12th October 11am – 5pm
Address: The Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX
Travel: Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon