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What kind of Asylum would it feel safe enough to go mad in?

With The Vacuum Cleaner (artist) & Alison Sweeney (mental health nursing student)

Vaccum-Cleaner-Loony-BinIIn April 2016 James Leadbitter, an artist who works under the title of ‘The Vacuum Cleaner’, led a participatory workshop for student mental health nurses and student psychiatrists which explored the role of staff in the creation of any Utopian asylum. This will form part of his larger project Madlove, which asks the question, in what kind of asylum could madness be experienced in a less painful way? 


For more infomation about the artist and his work see his website here:


This project is part of Utopia: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, a collaboration between Somerset House, King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art. For more information please visit 

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