This exhibition was supported by Arts Council England, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust, G Sian of Change Makers, Attenborough Arts Centre and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (University of Leicester). It was originally due to open two years ago but was postponed due to COVID-19, so we are thrilled to finally see the exhibition come to life at Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
Delusions of Grandeur is a multidisciplinary installation that explores David Parkin’s stay at the NHS after he suffered his first bi-polar manic episode in 2015 and was sectioned for four months. After the commission premiered in 2019 at the Attenborough Arts Centre to an overwhelming public response, it became one of the art centre’s most personal and honest shows and was scheduled to be shown in London.
Step inside of David’s mind and listen to songs he crafted while in the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, read about moments in the ward like escaping to a Champagne Bar, falling in love and being punched by a fellow inmate. Warning: this is an honest piece of art that includes extreme scenes of mental distress, suicide and sexual pleasure.