This special event reflects upon Mary Barnes’s life in Scotland, her deep connection to nature and her spiritual beliefs. Join us at Falkland in a celebration of her life and legacy, a place she lived and her final place of rest.

This event brings together therapists, friends, artists, researchers and those with an interest in mental health to reflect upon and celebrate Mary Barnes’s life and work, and to reflect on the nature and culture of healing. 

The event is co-hosted by Ninian Stuart (Keeper of Falkland Palace) & Professor Victoria Tischler. They’re joined by Research Fellow, Dr Huw Lloyd-Richards and the Hark Collective, developmental psychologist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, doctor, healer and celebrant Dr Sara Trevelyan, artist and therapist Benet Haughton, musician and music therapist George Francis, local people, and some special guests. Surrounded by Barnes’s artwork in the sacred space of the Chapel Royal, panelists will share stories, music, poetry and reflections on Barnes’s life and work in Scotland.  

This event has been rescheduled from its original date of 7 October 2023, when it was cancelled due to flooding at the venue after adverse weather.

About Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes (1923-2001) lived at Kingsley Hall from 1965-1970; a radical experiment in anti-psychiatry led by the Glaswegian psychiatrist R. D. Laing. There, Barnes was encouraged to regress to a child-like state to ‘live through’ her psychosis and recover from mental illness. Encouraged by clinician Dr Joe Berke, Barnes became a prolific artist, primarily using her fingers to apply paint to canvas, wallpaper backing paper, and found objects.

Barnes lived in Scotland from 1985 until the end of her life, including a period in Falkland. This was an important time in her life and her funeral took place in the Chapel Royal in 2001. She was laid to rest in Falkland Estate’s cemetery.

Rebirth & Revolution: The Life and Legacy of Mary Barnes is presented in partnership with the Falkland Estate, the University of Glasgow, the University of Surrey, and the Wellcome Collection.

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7:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
The Chapel Royal
Falkland Palace
Falkland KY15 7BY
The Chapel Royal is accessible via steep stairs and therefore we regret that the venue is not suitable for those with limited mobility.
Includes themes of mental illness, emotional trauma and recovery.
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