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Art exhibitions at the Centre

Art exhibitions at the MRC SGDP Centre

At the SGDP Centre, we have hosted many art exhibitions since opening. Each exhibition typically runs for approximately three months, with many artists being local and with often some connection to work in the mental health sector and/or a personal connection to mental health disorders.

Please see the links on the left for both previous and forthcoming exhibitions.

Current Exhibition- Starting on May the 13th 


White Out- by Martha Orbach




What happens when your brain and mind cannot connect? You want to move but you’re frozen. The signal is not getting through.


White Out is a new story project about one man’s journey through treatment for advanced Parkinson’s Disease with Deep Brain Stimulation. Exploring human frailty and hi-tech precision, the work draws on shared language around mapping and navigation, brain waves and the sea, to create a portrayal of a man trying to establish what is happening to him and keep track of the line between himself and his symptoms.

Jack is a fisherman from the West coast of Ireland who came to England and worked in construction until the shakes got too bad to hold a hammer. Now he feeds the birds in all weathers and is trying to decipher what is happening with the brain waves in the deep.


The project mixes clinical, research, and personal perspectives using a range of drawn, photographic and digital techniques to try to capture something of the complex experience of neurological illness.


It is a collaboration between artist Martha Orbach, Dr Simon Little, clinicians, scientists, and patients at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and people with Parkinson’s disease. It’s been supported by Parkinson’s UK and funded by team of helpers, and Arts Council England.

More details here:



The project has been shown at the UCLH Street Gallery, the Lumen Crypt Gallery, and as part of Ugly Duck's Creative Season 2018. You can also see images from the project at Photofusion @ Health Foundry.



Martha Orbach
Is an artist and image-maker who tells stories through drawing, printmaking and animation. Her recent projects Habitat and ‘The Garden’ explore belonging, trauma, and migration and were commissioned by the Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Open Society Foundation. ‘this skin we’re in’ was funded by the Arts Council and Maudsley Charity and won a fringe award at Deptford X 2014 - London’s Contemporary Arts Festival. The animation was screened at festivals including Melbourne International Animation Festival, Animation Block Party, New York, Corto Imola Festival, Italy. Her book project We go to Sea with You was funded by the Wellbeing Fund, and is on sale at the bookarts bookshop. She was awarded the ‘Word and Image’ Prize at the V&A Inspired By… competition 2011 for Autoperipatetikos: the automatic walking one. She studied at Camberwell College of Art, London College of Communication, and the University of East Anglia.

“Accomplished, original and beguiling.”

Gill Saunders, V&A





If you are an artist, and are interested in having your work displayed at the SGDP, please get in touch.

Visitors to art exhibitions are welcome to visit during office hours (Monday – Friday from 9am – 16:30pm).

Please note that the MRC SGDP Centre closes promptly to the public at 5pm. If you have any queries about visiting, please call reception on 020 7848 0873. 
We are not open on bank holidays.

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