Applications now open for latest Patient Artwork Project courses

Outside In is excited to announce the launch of the latest Step Up: Exploring Collections courses as part of its ambitious, two year, Patient Artwork: New Dialogues project.

The Exploring Collections courses give artists the opportunity to explore, research and respond to unique and important collections across the UK.

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

Applications are now open for the second courses in the project at the Mental Health Museum (Wakefield), Glenside Hospital Museum and Glasgow Museum. Participants from both courses at each museum will then be invited to take part in a Curating Exhibitions course to showcase the collections and responses.

More information about each opportunity can be found below:

Denis Reed nurses , courtesy of Glenside Hospital Museum

Glenside Hospital Museum

Key dates:
Application deadline – 9am, Monday 23 August 2021
Interviews – Week beginning 6 September 2021
Course begins – Monday 27 September 2021

Summary: Glenside Hospital Museum houses collections relating to the history of Bristol Psychiatric and Learning Disability Hospitals. The museum, set within the grounds of the building which opened in 1861 as the Bristol Lunatic Asylum, tells the 130 year story of a psychiatric hospital. The museum has over 80 works by Denis William Reed, a patient at Glenside Hospital in the 1950s.

Mouse courtesy of Glasgow Museum

Glasgow Museums

Key dates: Application deadline – 9am, Monday 9 August 2021
Interviews – on Zoom in August 2021
Course begins – Friday 24 September 2021

Summary: Glasgow Museums now holds the renowned ‘Art Extraordinary’ collection that has been put together by pioneering Scottish art therapist Joyce Laing since 1977. To put her collection together, followed Jean Dubuffet’s definition of art created outside the boundaries of official culture and searched in hospital wards, gardens, outbuildings, under hedges and inside skips in order to find a range of work which she now labels ‘Art Extraordinary.’

Replica jacket from the Mental Health Museum collection

Mental Health Museum, South West Yorkshire

Key dates: Application deadline extended to 9am, Monday 2 August 2021
Course begins – Tuesday 14 September 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.

Support available

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

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:

Information video for Glenside Hospital Museum
Information video for the Mental Health Museum, Wakefield

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