Art in the Asylum

Being shown at the Lakeside, University of Nottingham.

“Creativity and the evolution of psychiatry
“Art in the Asylum presents the first examination of the evolution of artistic activity in British psychiatric institutions from the early 1800s to the 1970s. With over 100 loans from national and international archives, the exhibition traces the historical shift from invasive treatments of mental disorders to a more humane regime in which creativity played a significant role.”

Shocking to see black and white line drawn portraits of patients from over 100 years ago shown as examples of “Idiocy”, Mania” etc.
Found “The Tear” both original and disconcerting.

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