This online panel event brings together experts from archive, theatre, library studies and psychology to discuss Mary Barnes’ legacy and what it teaches us about the revolutionary potential of creativity.

The speakers will be Melanie Grant and Elena Carter from the Wellcome Collection, discussing the recent acquisition of Barnes’ work, Ninian Stuart, hereditary keeper of Falkland Palace and a friend of Barnes, and David Edgar, on the acclaimed theatre production created from Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey through Madness. The panel is moderated by Victoria Tischler, Professor of Behavioural Science, University of Surrey, and curator of exhibition Rebirth & Revolution: The Life and Legacy of Mary Barnes.

The panel draw inspiration from the work in the exhibition, open from 6-21 October at The ARC at the University of Glasgow. Mary Barnes was resident at R. D. Laing’s therapeutic community, a radical experiment in anti-psychiatry, at Kingsley Hall from 1965-1970. Her artwork demonstrates the radical potential of creativity to support recovery from mental illness. Barnes lived in Scotland from 1985 until the end of her life.

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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