Reclaiming Asylum exhibition at Bethlem Gallery

Set against the historic backdrop of Bedlam and nearly 800 years of changing approaches to mental health care, this exhibition explores the notion of asylum and asks: what might constitute refuge, sanctuary and protection today?


Many of the artists in this exhibition have made new artworks in response to the Bethlem Royal Hospital, exploring the institution and its space; working with the hospital as a site and resource for artistic practice. Lived experience of mental illness and personal experiences of navigating mental health care inform some of the ideas, research and responses in this exhibition, where the notion of asylum is opened up through diverse individual perspectives.


Bethlem Gallery
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road


21 September – 11 November
Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Friday. Including first and last Saturdays of the month


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