Patient Artwork Project: Mental Health Museum, Wakefield

Research, explore and respond to the collection of Mental Health Museum as part of a new ten-session online Exploring Collections course.

Paper cut/Fabric courtesy of Mental Health Museum

Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Outside In is delighted to be partnering with the Mental Hospital Museum (Wakefield) to deliver a Step Up: Exploring Collections course. The course will focus on the museum’s collection of patient art work as part of a bigger, nationwide project called Patient Artwork: New Dialogues

Patient Artwork: New Dialogues is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will bring together artists facing barriers to the art world with historic collections of work from asylums and psychiatric hospitals.

This page includes all the information about the course at the Mental Health Museum, Wakefield, as well as the application form and details of the support available to artists wishing to apply.

Please note that this course is only open to those who live locally to the Mental Health Museum; in Wakefield or the surrounding areas.

Applicants must also be Outside In artists, or meet the charity’s criteria of facing significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, or social circumstances.

Outside In is happy to provide in a range of formats, including:

• Audio
• Easy Read
• Large Text

Please let us know if you have any access requirements.

Key dates: Application deadline – 5pm, Monday 1 February 2021
Interviews – 9 and 11 February 2021
Course begins – Tuesday 2 March 2021

Summary: The Mental Health Museum is managed by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and houses a remarkable collection of mental health related objects that span the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day. The Museum also has vibrant outreach displays in changing locations and an exciting learning programme.

We held an Information Session on Zoom for the course which offered the opportunity to find out more about the project and meet the staff involved.

The Information Session took place on 19 January 2021, 11am – 1pm.

Support available

To speak to someone about this project, please contact Kate Davey on or 07903 028391

If you need support with your application, or you would like to create an online gallery with Outside In but need some help, we will be running some hour long one-to-one Artist Support slots.

The slots are available on 25 and 26 January 2021. Email or call 07903 028270 to book a one-to-one slot.

The results of this project, and Outside In’s previous work with patient artwork collections, can now be seen on its own dedicated website here:

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