Visual arts

Date: Sat 21 June

Time: 15:00

Venue: ORTUS Learning and Events Centre

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ORTUS Leaning and Events Centre: Saturday 21 June 15:00–17:00. Book your place here

Gasworks open studios: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June

This event is the culmination of two collaborative artists’ residencies commissioned by Anxiety 2014 and will take the form of artists’ presentations and screenings.

Artists Christina Kral and ‘Patient X’ present their collaborative work exploring the idea of personal sanctuaries and acts of self-care within the everyday. Their modular cardboard spaces look at the concept and practice of dwelling. These participatory structures are the result of a three month-long exchange of ideas and working methods between the two artists. By continuously transforming the material, the artists negotiate their environments and create temporal spaces of self-expression.

The residency is co-hosted by Gasworks and Bethlem Gallery and funded by the Maudsley Charity.

Albert Potrony’s The Potential Space has been developed after a long period of engagement with the daily activities of the Friends of Cathja barge in Isleworth. The film focuses on the relationships between the people working in this unorthodox space, the work they produce and the setting they are in. By observing the parallels between making utilitarian objects and artistic practice and by documenting some of the rhythms, routines and processes that take place on the barge, The Potential Space reflects on what can happen when we engage in the process of making in the company of others.


Christina Kral lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Media Facade Festival & Night Of The Arts, Helsinki (2012), Communikey Festival, Boulder (2012), Psychoeconomy Summit, Sevilla (2011), Bauhausarchiv at Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin (2011), Dome Colony X in the San Gabriels (Fritz Haeg) New York (2009).

‘Patient X’ is the pseudonym for an artist and current resident of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Recalculating, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Unescorted #5, Bethlem Gallery, On the Inside of Outsider Art, The Bethlem Salon, ORTUS learning and events centre.

Albert Potrony lives and works in London. His recent project Faith was shown last year at Whitstable Museum and Gallery. He previously developed Tate Other, a collaborative video and performance that took place at Tate Modern in September 2012 as part of the Worlds Together Conference. Albert has been working on participatory projects for galleries and museums for the past ten years, among them Whitechapel, Camden Arts Centre and Next Generation at the National Theatre.

The Bethlem Gallery was established in 1997 to provide a professional platform for artists who are current or former patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Exhibitions and events are programmed throughout the year presenting a wide range of media and contemporary practice. Bethlem’s annual programme incorporates collaborations with the Bethlem Museum, artists-in-residence, interdisciplinary research, and partnerships with arts organisations across the UK and beyond.

Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing eleven artists' studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Gasworks hosts up to sixteen residencies a year, encouraging the exchange of ideas between international and local practitioners.

Friends of Cathja is a registered charity that provides a unique service to people suffering from enduring mental health problems. The Cathja is a fully converted and fully mobile 38 meters Dutch Barge.  Situated on an idyllic Thames mooring in Old Isleworth, the barge provides space for people who have experienced mental health problems to explore their creativity in a safe and supported environment.

The Visual Arts programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 



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