Reclaiming Asylum

21 Sep 2016 – 11 Nov 2016

Event times

Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Also open first and last Saturday of the month 10am - 5pm. Please visit our website for a list of events, talks and walks.

Cost of entry


Bethlem Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Busses: 352, 358, 119, 194
  • Train: Eden Park / East Croydon

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


Join us for the opening event where the Artist Taxi Driver will be giving a one-time only performance, artists Jane Fradgley and Shane Waltener will be presenting their new performance strung in the hospital grounds, and we will be unveiling a new site-specific commission by Mark Titchner.

‘Reclaiming Asylum’ is a parallel exhibition running alongside ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ a major new exhibition at Wellcome Collection, open 15 September 2016 until 15 January 2017 and will also run alongside a wider programme of events and exhibitions across various SLaM venues that expand on perspectives of asylum throughout history up to the current day.

Exhibiting artists: Artist Taxi Driver, Bethlem Wood Library, David Beales, Sarah Carpenter, Stewart Dallas, Jane Fradgley and Shane Waltener, G, Sara Haq, H.R Parker, Beth Hopkins, Christina Kral, Matthew, John McGill, Mr X, Daniel Regan and Mark Titchner as well as contributions from patients and staff of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Hospital Vrapce in Croatia and the Azienda USL di Reggio Emilia in Italy. 


Sam Curtis

Exhibiting artists

Beth Hopkins

Charlie Parker

Mr X

Daniel Regan

Mark Titchner

John McGill

Stewart Dallas

David Beales

Sarah Carpenter

Sara Haq

Christina Kral


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