Frames of Mind: Creativity in Mental Healthcare Exhibition

Logo for the 'Frames of Mind' Exhibition at Croydon ClocktowerNEW FREE exhibition in the Clocktower's Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

10 October 2008 - 28 March 2009
Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

Closed: Sundays

We are delighted to announce that this exhibition has now been extended until Saturday 28 March 2009.

Discover historic artworks of international renown from the collections of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the original Bedlam, alongside contemporary artworks created by artists supported by the Bethlem Gallery.

'Broach schizophrene' by Brian Charnley (1949-1991). Image reproduced courtesy of Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust.Over 30 different artists are represented including Richard Dadd, William Kurelek, Stanley Lench, Jonathan Martin, Marion Patrick, Cynthia Pell, Charles Sims and Louis Wain.

The main gallery is dedicated to the display of 50 paintings, drawings, digital images, sculptures and ceramics dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

All of these remarkable works have been created by people who have experienced mental health problems.

'Broach schizophrene'
Brian Charnley (1949-1991)
Image reproduced courtesy of Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust.

Also in this gallery you can see videos of artists working with Bethlem Gallery and listen to oral history interviews with mental health service users and providers.

In the smaller gallery you can discover the history of mental healthcare from the foundation of Bethlem Hospital in 1247 to the present day. A timeline illustrates the individual and linked histories of Bethlem Royal Hospital, Warlingham Park Hospital and Cane Hill Hospital. You
can also find out more about the art-based care services provided in Croydon today.

Exhibition Events

Please see our What's On page for details of talks and workshops which accompany the exhibition.

Group Visits

Groups of 10 or more people and all school groups should contact our Education Team to book a visit. Tel: 020 8253 1023 or email

Why not visit the Museum of Croydon & Riesco Galleries whilst you're here. Entrance to both these galleries is also FREE.