Events ~ Art in the Asylum: Lectures, Gallery Tours and Documentary Film

As part of the recently advertised ‘Art in the Asylum‘ exhibition running from 7 September – 3 November 2013, there are a series of upcoming lectures, gallery tours and documentary film that may be of interest:

Image: ‘I Spit on Life’ 1956 by William Kurelek (Adamson Collection, London © Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto)

Image: ‘I Spit on Life’ 1956 by William Kurelek (Adamson Collection, London © Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto)


All lectures are held in the Djanogly Art Gallery Lecture Theatre *unless stated otherwise

Admission free 

Friday 6 September 6.30-7.30pm
Followed by Preview


Dr. Esra Plumer and Dr. Victoria Tischler on the historic use of art in mental health institutions and the interplay between creativity and madness, introducing some of the spaces, places and key figures in the fascinating history of crossover between visual art and mental health care.

Wednesday 11 September 6-8pm 
Edward Adamson’s life and work: creativity and the evolution of art as therapy

Dr. Susan Hogan (University of Derby, author of Healing Arts: The History of Art Therapy 2001) with contributions from John Timlin (Adamson Collection) and Dr. David O’Flynn  (Consultant Psychiatrist & Chair of the Adamson Collection). The groundbreaking work of the ‘grandfather of art therapy’ Edward Adamson is considered alongside associations between therapy and Surrealism.


Wednesday 18 September 6.30-7.30pm
A hidden gem: Dr. W. A. F. Browne’s collection of patient art at Crichton Royal Institution, Dumfries

Dr. Maureen Park (University of Glasgow, author of Art in Madness 2011) discusses the pioneering work of Dr. Browne and his collection of patient art, the oldest surviving collection of asylum art in the world.

Wednesday 2 October 6-8pm
Ancient and modern mental healthcare

Jules Evans (author of the bestselling Philosophy for Life: and other Dangerous Situations 2012) with Dr. Ben Di Mambro (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Dr. Arun Chopra (Consultant Psychiatrist). From ancient philosophy to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), recent controversies in psychiatric diagnostics and the launch of the DSM-V, the speakers discuss how old and new approaches might interact in the provision of mental health care today.

Wednesday 16 October 6.30-8.30pm
*venue: Nottingham Contemporary
Book on-line

Looking into art from the asylum: Prof. Roger Cardinal (author of the seminal text Outsider Art 1972); and Richard Dadd and Asylum Art of the 19th century: Dr. Nick Tromans, Curator, Watts Gallery, Surrey.

Artists whose approaches diverge radically from average expectation and from officially sanctioned approaches and styles are discussed alongside Richard Dadd, one of the best- known British asylum artists


Wednesday 30 October 6.30pm-7.30pm
Marat/Sade and the ‘theatre of cruelty’

Dr. Gordon Ramsay and Dr. James Moran (English Dept. University of Nottingham) consider Peter Brook’s 1964 production of Peter Weiss’s play Marat/Sade in the context of Antonin Artaud’s ‘theatre of cruelty’

Gallery Tours

Djanogly Art Gallery
Admission free

Thursdays 1-2pm:

12 September: Victoria Tischler, Curato
26 September: Rob van Beek, artist
10 October: Ruth Lewis-Jones, Learning Officer
24 October: Neil Walker, Curator, Djanogly Gallery

Please note that Gallery Tours are not seated events. Every effort will be made to accommodate elderly and disabled visitors.

Gallery Tour: New Perspectives on…

Djanogly Art Gallery
Admission Free

Thursday 17 October 7-9pm

A walkabout tour led by a relay team of six post-graduates researching at the University of Nottingham in a variety of disciplines who will each bring their expertise to bear on one work in the Art in the Asylum exhibition. Each speaker will have 8 minutes before handing the baton on to the next with an opportunity for a Q&A session at the end of the evening.

For all Lectures and Gallery Tours above (*unless stated otherwise) please book in advance by calling the box office on 0115 846 7777.


14-18 Broad Street
Book at Broadway Box Office or on-line
Broadway ticket prices apply.

Wednesday 23 October 8.30pm 
All Divided Selves (2011) Dir. Luke Fowler 90 mins

Documentary on the radical Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, author of The Divided Self 1960. Introduced by Dr. Joseph Berke, psychotherapist, who worked with Laing in the 1960s.


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