Bethlem Gallery and Museum formally opened

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry formally opened Bethlem Hospital’s new Gallery and Museum space last week.

The Bethlem Gallery and Museum is situated in the original hospital administration building which has been radically redesigned to contain a permanent exhibition space, a temporary exhibition space for the Bethlem Museum’s collection and a contemporary art exhibition space for artists who have experienced mental difficulties. Opening the new galleries, Perry talked about the importance of art in mental health, saying: “Art is the greatest asset to mental health that I have”.

The vastly increased exhibition spaces, place significant historic artworks and objects side by side with inspiring contemporary works by current artists and service users. The new building is open to the public and free of charge.