In/Sight – arts and research project @ Bethlem Gallery

We are pleased to share the news that Eve Loren, our Programme Manager and Artist, has been commissioned to develop and produce a new piece of work for Bethlem Gallery engaging with the research initiative Mental Health and Justice led by King’s College London.

Eve has chosen to produce a multiplatform audio piece inspired by Workstream 4 of the research – Insight. She explains:

“Insight is a term which is commonly used in clinical practice and conversation. If a person expresses their distress in the language of mental illness and symptoms, they will often be described as “having insight”, whereas a person who does not may be described as “lacking insight” or “having impaired insight”.

As the Mental Health and Justice website states: “Where insight is present, there is a common basis for the clinical encounter from the outset.  Where insight is lacking this common ground is diminished.  Coercion and treatment non-compliance become more likely.”

I’m interested to explore a diversity of understandings and interpretations of insight among patients and clinical teams, the relationship between insight and mental capacity and how we can best understand and respond to “illness”.

Throughout 2019 and 2020 I’ll be recording conversations with patients and staff across several units at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and other hospital sites, engaging with these ideas.

From these conversations I’ll produce and edit an audio piece which will be shared with patients, staff, carers and members of the public across a series of live listening and discussion events.

The learning produced by these activities will be shared with the Mental Health and Justice team, informing the future of mental health policy in the UK.”

To find out more about the project, or to take part, you can get in touch with Eve on eve@mentalfightclub.com.