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'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond' traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum by following the story of one such institution, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known in popular slang as Bedlam.
The exhibition focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it – their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental healthcare.
Pick up an audio companion, which brings together interviews, spoken word and other audio pieces developed by creative practitioners with lived experience of mental health issues.
Mike Jay explores the evolution of the asylum and attitudes to mental distress and its treatment. From the madhouse to the lunatic asylum, from the mental hospital to the world at large, it features illustrations from Wellcome's exceptional holdings and the Bethlem Royal Hospital’s archive.
Published by Thames & Hudson and Wellcome Collection.
Playing ON theatre company present a moving and provocative drama that opens a window to the closed world of psychiatry. ‘Hearing Things’, by Philip Osment, explores the blurred lines between perceptions of mental illness in society and the many different realities.
For the past three years, Playing ON have been collaborating with psychiatrists, other staff and patients, drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. ‘Hearing Things’ is the result of that process.
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?
'Reclaiming Asylum' presents artworks by an invited selection of artists who have a connection to the gallery, including current and former patients, artists who have used the services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and long-term artistic collaborators.
Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, this exhibition examines ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.
'States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness' features a series of changing installations. The final one is 'Time Present' by Shona Illingsworth. Find out more about this installation.
The exhibition also features work by artists Carla MacKinnon, Louise K Wilson, A R Hopwood, Mary Kelly and Aya Ben Ron.
'States of Mind: the book' is available now. This collection of literature, science and art delves into the mysteries of consciousness and features an introduction by Mark Haddon. Published by Wellcome Collection.
FRIDAY 30 SEP-SUNDAY 30 OCT FREE | THE ART PAVILION, MILE END, E3 4QY
Rest & its discontents is a major new exhibition exploring the dynamics of rest, unrest and restlessness in an evolving immersive laboratory of artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and discussion.
THURSDAY 13 OCT, 19.00-20.30 FREE | BOOK FROM 30 SEP
More people than ever are using counters, Fitbits or apps to monitor their own activity and rest. Join broadcaster and writer Claudia Hammond for a panel discussion on the impact of both the Quantified Self movement and the more mainstream trend to measure our movements.
Explore rest, noise, activity and stillness through contemporary music, performance and film by some of today's most exciting composers and poets. This evening features new works for string quartet, voice and electronics, vocal improvisation and performance art.
SATURDAY 22 OCT, 11.00-17.00 FREE | DROP IN, UCL Main Quad
Experience a fantastic day of free activities, all exploring the possibilities of language.
From the languages of the brain and bacteria to those of coding and artificial intelligence, take part in cutting edge research, join activities and conversations or simply sit back and enjoy a feast of fabulous live music, dance and performances.
Join us on the first Friday of the month for extended gallery opening hours, music, cocktails and tours of the exhibitions. This is a great chance to relax and see the exhibitions outside of our usual opening hours.
Microplastics - tiny pieces of thrown-away plastic - have been found throughout the natural environment, and even in the guts of shellfish on the shop floor. Hear from environmental scientist Stephanie Wright about the under-researched area of what microplastics mean for human health.
Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th century were avidly collected in their own time, and by later connoisseurs. So what could Henry Wellcome bring to the party when he started his iconographic collection?
Get as near to the consulting room as you can in this performance of the intimate exchange in psychotherapy. In front of a live audience, Susie Orbach leads a therapy session with an actor briefed on a character to improvise, and shares insights into the therapy process.
An insightful, honest account of the process of therapy from bestselling author Susie Orbach. Drawing on 40 years of experience, she reveals what she thinks and feels about the people who seek her help, through five dramatised case studies. An essential read for anyone curious about therapy. Published by Wellcome Collection.
Choreographer Charlie Morrissey and cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth thinking as movement and movement as thought in this lecture and demonstration. In a playful performance, Morrissey proposes a taxonomy of actions that explore different aspects of mind-body relationships.
How do our brains create the feeling of having a body, and how malleable is this feeling? Join researchers working with virtual reality as they share their insights and experiments into the sense of where we are in space.
SATURDAY 8 OCT, 13.00-14.30 & 16.30-18.00 FREE | BOOK FROM 30 SEP
Choreographer Matthias Sperling and cognitive neuroscientist Guido Orgs discuss Sperling's choreographic work, exploring how culture might shift in response to developments in brain sciences and what will change if scientists discover how our bodies produce our minds.
As part of ‘ Bedlam: the asylum and beyond', our new blog series will showcase different voices and perspectives from people with lived experience of mental ill-health and explore their ideas of personal asylum. Read the first post from 'A drop in the ocean'.
How does a pop icon like Britney Spears relate to a medical, art and science museum like Wellcome Collection? We've trawled the collections looking for any connections we could find (no matter how questionable!) in
'Skeletons: Our Buried Bones' is on tour across the country, with a first stop in Glasgow. Based on a show originally at Wellcome Collection in 2008, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of London, touring to the Hunterian Art Gallery, M Shed in Bristol and Leeds City Museum over 2016-18.
If your body could speak, what would it say? From unconscious signalling to performance art, from social etiquette to political posturing: what do languages of the body reveal or conceal about the experience of inhabiting one? Join us for an evening of embodied exploration and discover how your body talks.