A drop in the ocean: Daniel Regan

Wellcome Collection Blog

‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ interrogates the original ideal that the asylum represented – a place of refuge, sanctuary and care – and asks whether and how it could be reclaimed. This blog series intends to showcase as many different voices and perspectives from people with lived experience of mental ill health and explore their ideas of personal asylum.

This post is from Daniel Regan, a photographer who showed work in Bethlem Gallery’s ‘Reclaiming Asylum’ exhibition late last year.

I began feeling that something wasn’t quite right in my early teens. Looking back on it now I remember thinking that my thoughts seemed jumbled, tangled and different from my peers. My emotional experiences were felt so deeply; my responses were not the same as those around me at that age. As I got further into my teens, I withdrew into myself and began to self-harm. I could never quite…

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Adrenaline Fuelled

Rachel .A. Mason

Our last full day of getting an advanced view of the shows for 2017 was, in my opinion, filled with some of the best acts. Over the week we’ve had the pleasure of seeing a wide range of amazing shows from comical theatre to BMX dancing. This dance act featuring a BMX was both beautiful and extremely impressive. I love biking, pretending I’m cool going on muddy ramps, down rocky slops and doing the “look no hands” on my old mountain bike so seeing this effortless flowing BMX artist move around the stage was stunning while also making me feel rather uncool!

The last full day consisted of music from Ninebarrow, an incredible act by Lost Dog called Paradise and Balbir performing Champion of the Flatlands and Decreasing Infinity Dance Programme, this was the act which contained the BMX moves! These were followed by Windibops Dance Programme by Moxie Brawl, Joseph Toonga’s Its Between Us Dance Programme, Tom…

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