A Treatment JourneyResilience and Living in Boxes of StoneThree short films by John. 
John will be in conversation with The Dragon Cafe’s Declan McGill and Bethlem Gallery’s Sam Curtis. 7pm, The Dragon Cafe
Free and open to all.
The Dragon Café is located in the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, SE1 1JA, opposite Borough tube station, and at the rear of the Church – you’ll find the entrance to The Dragon Café on Long Lane. https://dragoncafe.co.uk/contact-us/

This event is part of Bethlem Gallery’s Mental Health and Justice project.

After the success of the first screening last year, we are providing another opportunity to view A Treatment. Repurposing the institutional spaces around him as a studio and site for artistic enquiry, John presents video documentation of his creative interventions. These processes and acts form part of his ongoing attempts to explore and communicate the intricate complexities, contradictions and tensions felt by an individual navigating a psychiatric institution and pathway to recovery.

In Resilience John presents a new video work that explores the capacity of art making as a process to ease pressure, to vent and to release tension. Expression through art is both a strategy for coping and for asking questions of the institution that holds and cares for him.

Living in Boxes of Stone is John’s most recent film and expands on the ideas presented in Resilience.
John’s acts of making and reflecting are part of his process of discovery and learning that help him to articulate his ideas, feelings and experiences. John’s nuanced work is an example of where art can sit in the discourse around mental health and justice. Join John for a discussion after the screenings.

About Bethlem Gallery’s Mental Health and Justice project:

Bethlem Gallery are at the beginning of a four year, Wellcome funded public programme. The gallery are working alongside a multi-disciplinary research team who are specifically interested in two principal areas of enquiry; the concept of support in decision-making and the concept of decision-making ability relating to mental health and the law. The Gallery’s aim is to engage service users and develop a framework for their perspectives – challenging the often exclusive or hierarchical conversations that have characterised the area. You can read about the first wave of artists here.