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3 – 5pm, ORTUS Events and Learning Centre

Free, booking required. Book via Eventbrite.


Join us for an event to mark the culmination of two collaborative artists’ residencies commissioned by Anxiety Arts Festival 2014, taking the form of artists’ presentations and screenings.

Hosted by Gasworks, artist Christina Kral (Germany) is working in collaboration with Bethlem Gallery artist Patient X to explore the idea of personal sanctuaries and acts of self-care within the everyday. Their exchange responds to the context in which they are meeting, on the grounds of Bethlem Hospital, where they are building and collapsing cardboard structures. By continuously transforming the material, the artists negotiate the rigid environment of the hospital and create temporal spaces of self-expression.

Albert Potrony’s The Potential Space has been developed after a long period of engagement with the daily activities of the Friends of Cathja barge in Isleworth. The film focuses on the relationships between the people working in this unorthodox space, the work they produce and the setting they are in. By observing the parallels between making utilitarian objects and artistic practice and by documenting some of the rhythms, routines and processes that take place on the barge, The Potential Space reflects on what can happen when we engage in the process of making in the company of others.

Christina Kral lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Media Facade Festival & Night Of The Arts, Helsinki (2012), Communikey Festival, Boulder (2012), Psychoeconomy Summit, Sevilla (2011), Bauhausarchiv at Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin (2011), Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels (Fritz Haeg) New York (2009).

Albert Potrony lives and works in London. His recent project Faith was shown last year at Whitstable Museum and Gallery. He previously developed Tate Other, a collaborative video and performance that took place at Tate Modern in September 2012 as part of the Worlds Together Conference. Albert has been working on participatory projects for galleries and museums for the past ten years including Gasworks' Participation Programme alongside Whitechapel, Camden Arts Centre and Next Generation at the National Theatre.

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 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.

The Bethlem Gallery was established in 1997 to provide a professional platform for artists who are current or former patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Exhibitions and events are programmed throughout the year presenting a wide range of media and contemporary practice. Bethlem’s annual programme incorporates collaborations with the Bethlem Museum, artists-in-residence, interdisciplinary research, and partnerships with arts organisations across the UK and beyond.

Friends of Cathja is a registered charity that provides a unique service to people suffering from enduring mental health problems. The Cathja is a fully converted and fully mobile 38 meters Dutch Barge. Situated on an idyllic Thames mooring in Old Isleworth, the barge provides space for people who have experienced mental health problems to explore their creativity in a safe and supported environment.

This event is generously funded by the Maudsley Charity.