8 Jan 2020 – 25 Apr 2020

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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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Bethlem Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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  • The bus stop directly outside the main entrance is Bethlem Royal Hospital, with buses 356, 119 or 198 stopping there.
  • Eden Park Station (30 mins from London Bridge) followed by a 15 min walk or 5 min bus ride (356 bus towards Shirley). East Croydon Station (15 mins from London Victoria), followed by roughly a 30 min bus ride (119 bus towards Bromley or 198 towards Shrublands).
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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.


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.


Sam Curtis

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Sarah Carpenter

Esther Maxwell-Orumbie

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