Exhibition

Transitions

8 Jan 2020 – 25 Apr 2020

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:00
Thursday
10:00 – 17:00
Friday
10:00 – 17:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
Closed

Bethlem Gallery

London
England, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

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

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Transitions explores contemporary perspectives on women and mental health by artists Esther Maxwell-Orumbie and Sarah Carpenter working with service users and staff of the Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

About

Exploring identity and the everyday framed by the complex challenges experienced during the transition to motherhood, Maxwell-Orumbie and Carpenter have been creating lino and mono prints, textile works, and writings inspired by the ordinary artefacts and occupations of individuals’ past and present lives.

Maxwell-Orumbie’s work is strongly influenced by the ups and downs of motherhood and West African culture. Carpenter’s photo-montages and other artwork incorporates the processes of deconstruction, reconstruction and recycling of ideas drawn from her experiences of mental illness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The Mother and Baby Unit supports and treats women experiencing a wide variety of mental health issues in the perinatal period, including post-natal depression and post-natal psychosis.

The exhibition runs in parallel to The Four Ages of Woman at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, which presents extraordinarily diverse representations of women’s mental health and life experiences across childhood, youth, middle age and old age. The exhibition includes over thirty works by nineteen artists including Madge Gill, Anna Kavan, Bibi Herrera, Imma Maddox and Cynthia Pell, selected from the Museum’s extensive collection, and key works on loan.

Curators

Sam Curtis

Exhibiting artists

Esther Maxwell-Orumbie

Sarah Carpenter

Taking part

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