Artist who recovered from near-fatal injury exhibits in Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 09:42 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:42 14 April 2015

A piece of work from Xavier White's Cohedia exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery in Beckenham

A piece of work from Xavier White's Cohedia exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery in Beckenham


The theme of Xavier White’s exhibition is utopia

An artist who recovered from a near-fatal head injury will be displaying his work at a Beckenham gallery this week.

The Bethlem Gallery, which shows work by artists who are or have been patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, is the venue for the exhibition of work by Xavier White, which includes maquettes and a painting.

Mr White. who uses repurposed materials in his work, including objects he has found, was treated at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital after a cycle accident at the age of 18.

He was in a coma for 10 days, and then had to relearn all his life skills from scratch – even how to walk.

The exhibition, called Cohedia, focuses on the idea of utopia and what kind of world we would ideally create.

The gallery is based in the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Monks Orchard Road, and the exhibition is its first since it moved to a new home within the hospital.

The opening ceremony will take place tomorrow from 3pm to 5pm, and the exhibition will then run until Friday, May 15.

It will be open from 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as on Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2.

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