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Hospital inspires artists

PUBLISHED: 17:58 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

Artists: Maureen Scott and Jane Fradgley.

Artists: Maureen Scott and Jane Fradgley.

TWO artists are displaying their work at the world s oldest mental health institution gallery. The work was due to go on display yesterday at the summer exhibition at Bethlem Gallery in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham and will be there until July 16. Ei

TWO artists are displaying their work at the world's oldest mental health institution gallery.

The work was due to go on display yesterday at the summer exhibition at Bethlem Gallery in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham and will be there until July 16.

Eight artists searched for inspiration from the museum's collection of artwork and curiosities to produce their own work in response to their chosen objects.

Gallery curator Beth Elliot said: "In this exhibition we see the artists themselves taking us on a guided tour of their

forerunners, offering us the visual delights of their creative consultation."

The gallery is due to have an open day in the hospital grounds called Bethlem Sunfayre on July 10.

The gallery and museum will be open along with stalls, refreshments, brass bands, children's entertainment and walks and talks.

Bethlem Hospital has collected art by its patients for more than 150 years.

n For more information call 0203 228 4835 or see www.bethlemgallery.com

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