Dr Robert Hale and Taiseer Shelhi

12 Jun 2019

Event times

7.00 – 8.00 pm

Cost of entry

Full-price: £5
Concessions: £4

Camden Arts Centre

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 13
  • Finchley Road, Hampstead

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Dr Robert Hale, Director of the Tavistock and Portman Trust between 1994 and 2001, and art therapist Taiseer Shelhi discuss Grace Pailthorpe’s pioneering work in psychoanalytic criminology, and its significance and impact today.


A Tale of Mother’s Bones tells the remarkable story of a unique artistic and personal collaboration. After meeting at a party in 1935, Dr. Grace Pailthorpe (1883–1971), a trained surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff (1906–1972), an artist and designer, began collaborating on a project that would bring together art, writing and psychoanalysis in an attempt to create a better society.

This talk is presented in partnership with The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Rob Hale trained as a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. He has worked at the Portman Clinic (which was founded by Grace Pailthorpe) since 1980 and in retirement consults to staff in High and Medium Secure hospitals throughout the country.

Taiseer Shelhi is a registered art psychotherapist of dual English and Libyan heritage. Shelhi followed a degree in architecture with a fine art degree from The Slade School of Art. At Goldsmith’s College London she achieved a master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy. She currently works in an adapted therapeutic community for men with severe and dangerous personality disorders, at a medium secure forensic unit in London.

Exhibiting artists

Reuben Mednikoff

Grace Pailthorpe

Taking part


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