Wednesday 10 October 2012

Pictures from Bedlam on World Mental Health Day

I took these photos last night on the first day of a new art installation called Bedlam, which is currently on in London's Old Vic Tunnels. It is the third and final artistic collaboration between Lazarides Gallery and The Old Vic Tunnels, following on from Hell’s Half Acre in 2010 and Minotaur last year.

Bedlam was the name given to an infamous hospital for those suffering from madness. It was England's oldest mental asylum and became associated with brutality.

The new art exhibition aims to creatively explore the well-intended beginnings of the legendary institution, through to its disgrace and finally its reform.

The description on the Old Vic Tunnels website says: "It will certainly leave you questioning your ‘compos mentis’ an experience that will showcase the line between genius and madness has never been so thin."

I thought it was appropriate to post these pictures today, as 10 October is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day aims to raise public awareness about mental health issues. It promotes discussion of mental disorders as well as promoting treatments and help for those with mental problems.

You can donate money to mental health charity Mind at Bedlam, as there are collection boxes at the entrance and exit.

Bedlam is on at The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road , London SE1 8SW. It runs until 21 October. It is a free event, but you must book tickets in advance. You can book them here:

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