Debate: There is no art to find the mind’s construction within the asylum

26th October, 4.30-7pm, 2016.

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX

The ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy’ Debates

Curated by Dr Deji Ayonrinde, Consultant Psychiatrist

Join us for the inaugural event in a specially curated programme of debates designed to promote active dialogue about national and global issues relevant to mental health, the arts and culture within the world’s oldest psychiatric institution, the Bethlem Royal Hospital. For 340 years, the statues ‘Raving and Melancholy Madness’, that formerly stood at the gates of the hospital from 1676 – 1815, have observed the evolution of society, science and psychiatry in deep contemplative silence.

At last, the Raving and Melancholy debates will give them voice!

4.30 – 5.30 – tour of Bethlem Gallery and Museum exhibitions
5.30 – Refreshments
6 – 7pm Debate

Debate topic:
This house believes: There is no art to find the mind’s construction within the asylum
(The psychiatric hospital environment restricts our understanding of our patients)


Dr Jed Boardman is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Centre for Mental Health. He worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust till his recent retirement and was Clinical Advisor to the Healthcare Commission.  He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
Jed was Chair of the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is now lead for Social Inclusion at the College where he advises on employment and welfare benefit matters. He chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists Social Inclusion Scoping Group and in 2010 published a book on Social Inclusion and Mental Health.
Jed has published widely on Social and Community Psychiatry. His research interests include Social Policy, the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders, Psychological Disorders in General Practice, Evaluation of Psychiatric Services, Recovery and Employment. He also undertakes work on mental disorders in Uganda.
Biography Interview
Podcast: Lead for Social Inclusion of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Supported by: Dr Penelope Lowe, Trainee Psychiatrist, Bethlem Royal Hospital


Sukhi Shergill is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and a Professor of Psychiatry and Systems Neuroscience in the National Psychosis Service at Bethlem Royal Hospital (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Much of his research utilises neuroimaging to understand more about the brain mechanisms involved in the symptoms of psychosis. The aim is to use this information to develop new, effective treatments for the large number of people with schizophrenia who do not respond to antipsychotic medication.  At the Institute of Psychiatry, Sukhi heads the Cognition, Schizophrenia and Imaging Laboratory (CSI Lab). He is also chair of the Masters Programme in Mental Health Studies. Dr Shergill was previously an advanced clinical training fellow with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at the Institute of Neurology, University College London (UCL). In 2015, he was awarded the Academic Researcher of the Year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Supported by:  Dr Marcela Schilderman, Higher Trainee Psychiatrist

To book click here.Free entrance – all welcome

Gallery and museum open first and last Saturday of the month 10am – 5pm. Check website for workshops & events.

Contact: 020 3228 4101
Nearest British Rail: Eden Park / East Croydon



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