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Current Exhibition: Mending the Psyche: Art as Reparation

Mending the Psyche: Art as Reparation, Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill
Mending the Psyche: Art as Reparation, Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill

Mending the Psyche: Art as Reparation
Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill
16 May until 29 July 2022
Monday to Friday, 10:00⁠–20:00
Closed on weekends

Free entry. Booking essential.

Book your free ticket to the exhibition.

Mending the Psyche: Art as Reparation examines the ongoing process of mourning following a bereavement and the consequences of grief for the individual. Challenging the socially constructed narrative of grief as a time-limited experience, the exhibition highlights the reparative effects of art for the self, emphasising creativity as a mode of healing and the self as an entity in process. The exhibition presents this dynamic through the personal journeys of artists Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill.

Fay presents drawings highlighting the development of her practice: from her early renditions of plants; to her 10-year investigation of parental loss, searching for her lost mother who died in 1964; to recent circle drawings selected from a much larger series of nearly fifty. These drawings were initiated in 2019 following trips to Morocco and Iran and signify the possibility of some form of resolution or becoming after finding her mother again.

Judy's recent photographs and films centre around elemental matters, from experiences of mortal illness to the composition of the earth itself. They each relate to changes of state - states of the body and changes to the volcanic matter of the earth itself in restless change. Her topics here range from her father’s final illness and death in an iron lung - emblematised as disembodied breath - the sounds and sights of which impacted her when she was one year old; to the fabulously distant light and gas carried across interstellar space.

The creative journeys of both artists expose the unfolding nature of grief, and the manifold ways in which art enables the person grieving to engage with their experience. Obliquely and directly, their works locate suffering on both intimate and world scales - enmeshed in technological development, imperialism and war, the domestic, and the cosmic.


Creative Healing; Artistic Practice as a Reparative Act
24 May 2022, 16:00–18:00
A panel of academics and artists discuss the notion of creative practice and art-making as a reparative act of healing.

Artists’ Book Workshop 
13 June 2022, 14:30–17:00

Art as Reparation: an evening with Julia Samuel MBE 
20 June 2022, 18:00–19:00

Inventory of a Life Mislaid: an Evening with Marina Warner
23 June 2022, 18:00–19:20

Dust Architects: Art as Reparation
28 June 2022, 18:00–19:20

Draw Your Evocative Object: Workshop with Fay Ballard 
30 June 2022, 14:30–17:00

COVID-19 guidance

Maximum eight people in the gallery at any time - please wait if the gallery is full.

We encourage you to take a lateral flow test before attending.

Please follow any COVID-19 guidance from staff and signage.