Exhibition: Dr W. A. F. Browne’s Collection of Patient Art at Crichton Royal Institution, Dumfries and Glasgow

A Hidden Gem: Dr W. A. F. Browne’s Collection of Patient Art at Crichton Royal Institution, 18th July – 22nd August 2015

This exhibition includes more than sixty paintings and drawings by patients confined in Crichton during the mid-nineteenth century, from the collection formed by Dr William Alexander Francis Browne (1805-1885), first Physician Superintendent of Crichton, 1838-1857. It is the oldest surviving collection of art by a group of asylum patients in the world. The exhibition, the largest ever held of this unique collection, has been curated by Dr Maureen Park, from the Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, and the collection is the subject of her fully illustrated book and catalogue, Art in Madness.

For more information please visit our website or contact Maureen Park at maureen.park@glasgow.ac.uk

Location: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ

Tel: 01387 262084

 

A special half day event has also been organised by the Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow:

A Scottish Hidden Gem: Dr W. A. F. Browne’s Collection of Patient Art at Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries, Wednesday 15th July 2015, 10.00-12.00 (one meeting, University of Glasgow).

Scotland is home to the oldest collection of art by a group of asylum patients in the world, the subject of a new exhibition, A Hidden Gem, opening in Dumfries in July 2015. This half-day event will examine the art collection formed by Dr W. A. F. Browne (1805-1885), Physician Superintendent at Crichton Royal Institution in the mid-19th century. We will explore the lives of the patients, their paintings and drawings, how art was used as a therapeutic tool and its links to art psychotherapy, Art Brut and Outsider Art.

Tutor: Maureen Park MA AMA PhD

Cost: £15

Code: 22539

Venue: Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH

To book a place, please telephone 0141 330 1860.

For more information and a few images visit our Facebook page.

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