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"Bryan Charnley: The Art of Schizophrenia"

05/08/2015 (14:27)
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Date: 20 August 2015

Time: 1800

Venue: Robin Murray A Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Please join us for what will be a fascinating AoP meeting with our speaker Kirsten Tambling entitled "Bryan Charnley: The Art of Schizophrenia”.

Bryan Charnley (1949-1991) was a British artist whose work sought to convey the experience of living with schizophrenia, a condition with which was first diagnosed at art college. After several years of painting photo-realistic depictions of the world around him, in the mid-1980s Charnley turned his attention to self-portraiture and what he called ‘bondaged heads’ – fractured ‘portraits’ that drew inspiration from William Kurelek’s The Maze. Charnley’s work formed the basis for Bryan Charnley: the Art of Schizophrenia, the inaugural exhibition at Bethlem Museum of the Mind. This talk, by the exhibition’s curator, will explore Charnley’s approach to painting as it developed throughout his career, and will focus on the idea of coming (as Charnley put it) ‘face to face with schizophrenia’, by examining the recurring motifs of faces and (self-)portraiture in Charnley’s work.
About Kirsten Tambling:

Kirsten Tambling was guest curator of the exhibition Bryan Charnley: The Art of Schizophrenia at Bethlem Museum of the Mind (16 February – 22 May 2015) and has previously worked in the curatorial departments of the Royal Collection, the National Gallery and Dr Johnson’s House. She has an MPhil in eighteenth-century studies from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Curating from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her PhD, beginning this September, will focus on the intersections between William Hogarth and Jean-Antoine Watteau. She tweets at @otherplications.

This is an open meeting – all are welcome.

About us:  Creative artists and psychiatrists share an interest in human behaviour and motivation but approach this subject in different, but equally valid, ways. The Art of Psychiatry society holds speaker meetings and events where this spared space is explored.


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