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‘New Dialogues’ Research Group. First group meeting announced.

Current British Art Network Research Group New Dialogues: Art created historically in mental health settings is pleased to announce our first meeting of this new group – 

When: 23 May 2023 , 1-3pm

Where: Online via Zoom (you can register here)

This Research Group aims to explore the fascinating yet overlooked area of patient artwork. The UK has a number of very significant collections of work produced by patients historically residing in asylums and psychiatric hospitals, but these collections are not well-known. On top of this invisibility, there is a long history of the mistreatment of artwork made by people historically in mental health settings, with work being destroyed, hidden and misinterpreted. 

This research has the potential to reduce stigma around mental health, engage wider audiences, and stimulate conversations, awareness and new insights into the intersection between mental health and creativity.

New Dialogues is excited to welcome you all to a session introducing the journey to this research focus, our hopes for the group and potential outcomes.

The session will have space to discuss your ideas for upcoming sessions, what you’d would like to get out of the group and any insight you wish to share.

Please get in touch with Kate ([email protected]) if you have any questions or thoughts or access queries ahead of the meeting. The aim is to make the group equitable and open for all.

Image credit: Jasmin Janiurek’s work on display in ‘Looking to the Light’ at Glenside Hospital Museum