Christina Kral (Germany) is the first artist to be selected to undertake a new collaborative and research focused residency conceived by Gasworks, Bethlem Gallery & Museum and Anxiety Arts Festival 2014. The residency will engage with the discourses that surround art within psychiatric contexts, and the legacy of how various concepts of anxiety have been understood.
The residency will facilitate a collaboration between Kral hosted by Gasworks, and an artist associated with Bethlem Gallery. As a point of departure, the artists will conduct research at the Museum of the Mind archive at The Bethlem Royal Hospital, which holds an extensive collection of art and artefacts relating to the history of mental health care and its treatment. The resulting project, which will explore different understandings of personal sanctuaries and acts of (self-)care within the everyday, will also be part of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 programme.
The culmination of the two artists' collaboration will be presented and discussed as part of Sanctuaries event on 21st June at the ORTUS Events and Learning Center, between 3-5pm.
Bethlem Gallery was founded in 1997 to showcase the talents of artists from South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust who have experienced mental health difficulties.
Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles: from medical, social and historical perspectives.