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2 - 4pm, Wednesday 8th Jan

Press View


The Four Ages of Woman + Transitions

Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bethlem Gallery have pleasure in inviting you to the previews for The Four Ages of Woman and Transitions, two exhibitions exploring historical and contemporary artistic perspectives on women and mental health, from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The Four Ages of Woman at Bethlem Museum of the Mind presents diverse images of women’s mental health and life experiences across childhood, youth, middle age and old age. The exhibition includes over thirty paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by nineteen artists including Madge Gill, Anna Kavan, Bibi Herrera, Stanley Lench, Imma Maddox, Cynthia Pell and Elise Warriner, and those commissioned by renowned Victorian physician Alexander Morison, selected from the Museum’s extensive collection, and works on loan.

At Bethlem Gallery, artists Esther Maxwell-Orumbie and Sarah Carpenter are working with the Mother and Baby Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital on Transitions, a collaborative exhibition, presenting lino and mono prints, textile works, and writings inspired by the ordinary artefacts and occupations of individuals’ past and present lives. Maxwell-Orumbie’s work is strongly influenced by the ups and downs of motherhood and West African culture. Carpenter’s photo-montages and other work investigates the processes of deconstruction, reconstruction and recycling of ideas drawn from her experiences of mental illness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.



Spring Park Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Rd, BR3 3BX