Elephant West Residency 

Join us for a free exhibition and programme of events

18 - 24 October 2019

Please RSVP to events on Eventbrite

Elephant West, 62 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7RH


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The Hellingly Centre

18 - 24 October 2019 / 10:00 - 18:00 / Open daily / Free

Our exhibition at Elephant West will showcase our latest project at the Hellingly Centre, a forensic medium secure mental health unit, with artwork by Richard Wentworth, Lothar Götz, Hannah Brown, Tim A Shaw, Jonathan Trayte and Sophie Clements as well as by the community of patients and staff. It will also include artwork by a variety of Hospital Rooms artists including Steve Macleod and Remi Rough.

We will be screening a series of 6 films about Hospital Rooms in the gallery, which have been generously funded by The Space.


Friday 18 October

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Hospital Rooms Launch Party & 2020 Fundraiser

Friday 18 October 2019 / 18:00 - 00:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Join us to celebrate the opening of Hospital Rooms' residency at Elephant West. Artists have generously donated original artworks of 20x20cm that will be sold anonymously for £50 each during the evening. All proceeds will go towards Hospital Rooms’ 2020 programme.

If you are an artist and would like to contribute to the fundraiser, please find more information here.


Saturday 19 October

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Mural Workshop with Remi Rough

Saturday 19 October 2019 / 12:00 - 16:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Create a large scale wall mural in the gallery with artist Remi Rough. Join us to hear about Remi's recent project with Hospital Rooms at a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for men in Bethlem Hospital and learn more about how he works.


Sunday 20 October

Talk and Cyanotype Workshop with Steve Macleod

Sunday 20 October 2019 / 10:00 - 11:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Meet Steve Macleod who has worked with Hospital Rooms on two projects across locked rehabilitation mental health units. Steve's work reflects on his own diagnosis of bipolar and he will talk about how this has influenced his Hospital Rooms commissions. We'll also be creating cyanotype artworks during the session.

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Art for a Women's Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit with Dr Faisil Sethi

Sunday 20 October / 11:30 - 12:30 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Faisil Sethi presents the evidence around why Hospital Rooms art projects have an impact in locked and secure mental health units.

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Fashion and Identity Panel Discussion with Natalie Tilbury

Sunday 20 October / 13:00 - 13:45 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Dress (encompassing clothing, tattoos, jewellery and all other forms of body adornment) is a complex form of communication and a performative act. In a locked mental health environment, is it possible to redefine the ‘currency’ of fashion, or certain types of dress? How do men there feel about the way they dress and can personal items be an aid to recovery?

Programmed by Natalie Tilbury, Hospital Rooms Project Coordinator

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Who We Are Life Sized Drawing Session with Fiona Gourlay

Sunday 20 October / 14:00 - 14:45 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Attendees will be provided with large sheets of paper and we will create a wall of colourful bodies that reflect on the identities of the group. This plays on and links back to the work we do in the units and how important personal identity is to our mental wellbeing.

Programmed by Fiona Gourlay, Hospital Rooms Project Coordinator

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Family Friendly Art Workshop with Tamsin Relly

Sunday 20 October / 15:00 - 16:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Meet Tamsin Relly who recently created a beautiful artwork for a mother and baby mental health unit in Exeter with Hospital Rooms. Hear about her experience and take part in a printing workshop. Bring the kids!

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In Focus: Hellingly Centre Panel Discussion

Sunday 20 October - 16:15 - 17:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Hear from the team that worked together to transform the Hellingly Centre, a forensic mental health unit in Sussex, and contribute your ideas for future projects.

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Closing Drinks

Sunday 20 October / 17:00 - 20:00 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Reflect on the day’s events with us over some refreshments at the Fuel Bar. (Pay bar)


Tuesday 22 October

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Unreason is reason dazzled

Performance Lecture with Phoebe Eustance

Tuesday 22 October / 18:30 - 20:30 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Taking Foucault's reflection of unreason being "reason dazzled" as a starting point*, this performance lecture will look at the changing perceptions of mental health through history and culture, exploring the fundamental role of the arts within this and what this looks like today. How has the cultural space of society determined perceptions of mental health in the past? How can access to artistic practices contribute to individual self worth and collective destigmatisation and empowerment?

*Foucault discusses the shift in the perception of mental health or 'madness' from the renaissance period, where mental health was at the centre of society, to the classical period and the great confinement, where people who showed signs of madness were isolated and stigmatised.

This will be a live talk over video footage and imagery.

Programmed by Phoebe Eustance, Hospital Rooms Project Coordinator


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Reaching Outside Film Screening

Thursday 24 October / 18:30 - 20:30 / RSVP on Eventbrite / Free

Across six short films, you will see how the work of artists Hannah Brown, Steve Macleod, Harold Offeh, Mark Titchner and Tim A Shaw is being shown where people least expect it, on the walls of locked and secure mental health units across the UK.

This will be followed by a Q&A with Mark Titchner, Steve Macleod, Hannah Brown and Tim A Shaw.

This film series has been generously funded by The Space.