and minds create unique exhibition
of art created by patients at Rampton secure hospital
are getting their first public viewing in a unique collaboration
between the hospital and the University.
Hall fine art lecturer and project leader John Holt (pictured
left with student Victoria Allen) said:
"It's the first time that a secure hospital such as Rampton
has opened itself to this kind of project. Their patients
are some of the most demonised people in our society,
yet they offer amazing insights into the process of human
Art and Mind project involved two symposia, one in the
hospital, and one in the gallery where the exhibition
was on show. At Rampton, three students presented their
work to the patient-artists. The text of their discussions
forms part of the exhibition, placing the works of art
in an informed and informing context.
and education student Victoria Allen said: "The experience
was incredibly moving and very profound. The work by the
patient-artists is so raw, so untouched by other influences
that it makes you reassess everything you do yourself.
It's very humbling."
second symposium brought together art teachers and art
and psychotherapeutic experts from within the hospital
and nationally, together with experts in 'outsider art'
to discuss the artistic process in self-realisation, with
the images and text from the patients as central to the
art 'Jesus and the clowns' pictured above, and
exhibition isn't for those who simply seek beauty in art.
It's a series of snapshots, of journeys through minds,
as the patient-artists search for a deeper understanding
of themselves," said John Holt. "This is art produced,
not by the prompting of others, or for an audience, but
because of an inner necessity. It shows the power of art
to transform and heal the fractured and dislocated mind."
exhibition will tour to Kendal, Keighley, Milton Keynes
and London. The images and text are to be published as
a book, and video footage of the second symposium and
the exhibition will be shown to the patient-artists at
Holt said: "We hope that Art and Mind will open debates
on the value and achievements of the arts within mental
health institutions. But self-realisation isn't exclusive
to people with mental health problems Ð it's an important
process for us all."