In the Mind

7 Feb 2019 – 20 Mar 2019

Event times

Monday: 9am-6pm
Tuesday: 9am-6pm
Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

Cost of entry


Free Space Project

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Nearest tube: Kentish Town

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In the Mind is an illustration exhibition exploring mental health by artists Elsbeth van der Poel and Kathryn Watson. Through their unique drawing styles each artist has created a fantastical world of monsters, friends, worries and hope based on their own lived experience.


Elsbeth’s comic project Worryboy follows Jonah, a young boy whose inner turmoil begins to physically expand his head with his fears and troubles. Alongside friends Jamila and Dex they discover the eccentric Professor Hakim who discovers Jonah’s thoughts and feelings have turned into actual people living in his head. Now Jonah will have to travel inside his own head to set things straight and face his biggest fears.

Kathryn Watson, a doctor and visual artist recently turned to illustrating her experiences of mental illness in her works My Illustrated Mind. This collection of illustrations describes a parallel world which centres around little Kathryn’s inner vulnerable child. Surrounding her are various monsters each representing a distinct and separate emotional state. Over time, the relationship between little self and each monster changes and evolves, as is simultaneously mirrored in her own life.

Both artists combine their lived experience of depression, anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder to carve out dreamlike realities that both delve into darkness and pull us back into the light through deeply personal works that provoke existential questions around illness, recovery and resilience.

The private view will be on the 7th of Feb 6-8.30

There will be an artist talk with Q&A on Tuesday the 26th Feb 6.30-8.30

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Exhibiting artists

Kathryn Watson

Elsbeth van der Poel


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