Gallery event | Exploring mental illness through photography and film

Antonia Attwood and Gina Glover in conversation with Dr David O’Flynn
Date: Tuesday 21st October
Time: 19.00 (doors open 18.30pm)
Free event

To mark World Mental Health Day, Antonia Attwood and Gina Glover will show examples of photographic and moving image works that explore the realm of mental illness from personal and impersonal perspectives. They will be in conversation with Dr David O’Flynn, Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Adamson Collection Trust.

Image © Gina Glover

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This event is part of a Brixton Live Partners programme and is supported by the Community Challenge Fund (London Community Foundation).

Brixton Live is a unique partnership of cultural organisations working together to generate increased participation in the varied cultural offer of Brixton, by cross promoting our activiteis with a unified voice.

Biogs of speakers

Antonia Attwood recently finished her BA (Hons) in Photography at London College of Communication. She works in still and moving image, exploring ideas surrounding family, the home and mental illness. Her recent work, ‘The Mother Tongue’, is an exploration of a mother’s experience of Bipolar disorder as imagined through the eyes of her daughter. The film, ‘From the Mouth’, was selected for this year’s London Short Film Festival at the ICA as well as for the Duna Festival (August 2013) held in Brazil. ‘Malfunction’ was a finalist in both the David Lynch Social Cinema competition and in Short Film competition at the Phoenix Square Cinema Leicester in 2013. She has shown work and given artist talks at Psychosis Speaks events in conjunction with Art Brain in Action, a company working within arts and mental health. Attwood is showing new work at the Brighton Photo Fringe (4 Oct – 3 Nov) and was included in the Still/Moving DSLR Film Festival launched by Photofusion in September.

Gina Glover is a recipient of the Royal Photographic Society’s Hood Medal, and twice winner of the Medical Research Council’s Visions of Science Award. Her work ranges from playful explorations of the biomedical sciences, long term studies of way in which the landscape has been altered by human conflict to social-psychological explorations of the landscape and commissioned projects about mental health. Her biomedical studies are exhibited in around 20 hospitals, clinics and private collections in Britain and worldwide, including the Gregor Mendel Institute Austria. Throughout her career, the theme of mental illness has been explored through a range of work including the co-curated exhibition “Creativity and Madness” with Rosie Martin, photography projects with patients at Queen Charlotte’s psychiatric hospital, inmates at Springfield Prison and people with anorexia and grevious bodily harm offences undergoing treatment at the Maudsley Hospital. Glover has also written articles for Mental Health Weekly.

Dr David O’Flynn is Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and also Chair of the Adamson Collection Trust. British artist Edward Adamson (1911-1996) was a pioneer of art as therapy in psychiatric hospitals. He believed that exhibiting the Collection educated the public about the creativity and humanity of those labeled with mental disorder or illness, thus diminishing the stigma associated with these conditions. Confronted with the direct message of the works, ‘sane’ onlookers hopefully become less hostile and prejudiced and develop compassion or even a degree of identification with artists.

Further information about the Trust by watching this video or by visiting the Wellcome Collection website.