Exhibitions

‘Christmas Crackers’, thinkarts! 23 November – 19 December

Thinkarts was developed to offer arts-related events, projects and vocational opportunities for people who have experienced mental ill health. In November 2011, responsibility for thinkarts was transferred to CREST, a grassroots community organisation with forty years’ experience of developing local services such as a mental health befriending service.

This winter exhibition is a platform for over 70 artworks in a range of media.  All of the work is handmade and a large majority of it will be for sale via CREST.

Death: A Self-portrait, Wellcome Collection – until 24 February

This exhibition showcases some 300 works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it. Assembled by Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer based in Chicago, the collection is diverse, including artworks, historical artefacts, scientific specimens and ephemera from across the world.

John Bellany: A Passion for Life, Scottish National Gallery - until 27 January

To celebrate the artist’s 70th birthday year, works from a career spanning over fifty years have been brought together in this retrospective exhibition.

The Dickens News, CoolTan Arts – until 29 November

The Dickens News is a heritage newspaper created by CoolTan Arts participants which will be published in partnership with the Southwark News. The publication and accompanying exhibition will celebrate the life and work of Charles Dickens, with a contemporary creative twist and social comment.

We are Thirty: Celebrating 30 Years of Helen and Douglas House, O3 Gallery- 14-25 November

In 1982 Helen House opened in East Oxford as the world's first children's hospice. This year the organisation is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the flagship event to mark this is a photo exhibition: 'We are Thirty'. The exhibition will document life at Helen House and the young adults' hospice Douglas House, by featuring 30 children and young adults who use the hospice houses, as well as families who have used the hospice in the past.

Memories, past present, future, Peterborough Museum – until 25 November

A collaboration between Caroline Kisby a textile and mixed media artist from East Northamptonshire and Rob Morris a Fenland based photographer working together as Creative Journeys. These arts in health practitioners spent 5 weeks working with inpatients and day therapy clients at The Cavell Centre, a mental health hospital in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

'Curiouser and Curiouser' – 16 November

An evening of contemporary performance inspired by the Royal College of Physicians current exhibition ‘Curious anatomys’: an extraordinary story of dissection and discovery.

Art from the Margins, Pallant House Gallery – until 3 February

A season of exhibitions exploring the territory of non-traditional creativity, Art Brut and the marginal arts, focussing on the work of Jean Dubuffet, Pat Douthwaite and the artists involved in Outside In.

Quentin Blake ‘As Large as Life’, Kirkby Gallery – 29 October to 13 January

Kirkby Gallery is one of only four venues to be exhibiting a new body work ‘As Large as Life’, by Quentin Blake, commissioned by various hospitals and clinics to delight a variety of patients including children, elderly mental health patients, mothers and babies and patients with eating disorders.

Cheating Death and Time, The Work of Stanley Lench, Bethlem Gallery – until 19 October

An exhibition of the artist’s work from Bethlem Royal Hospital’s Archives and Museum.

Stanley Lench was born in Peckham, South London in 1934. Early mental health problems affected his schooling, but he developed a great interest in art and taught himself to paint as a young teenager. Lench’s work was exhibited at the Beaux Art Gallery in West London in 1955, and he subsequently gained a place at the Royal College of Art, studying in the stained glass department.

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