Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about? 7 September – 8 November

Dates: 7th September – 8th November 2019.

Location: Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX


ActionSpace artist Thompson Hall exhibited two new paintings in the group exhibition Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about? at Bethlem Gallery. Curated by artist and activist Dolly Sen the exhibition explores the role of art in political activism and the mental health care system by those who take a stand.

Thompson Hall exhibited the paintings Universal Credit  and Living On A Breadline. The paintings by Hall explore his ongoing interest in the current social and political conditions, his heritage and personal experience.


“These new painting are a continuation of the work I created for My Life in London where I thought about myself and things that effect me. At that time it was about me as a person from Ghanaian heritage living in London. That made me think wider about how things happening in the world affect me, eg. politics, social change, being marginalised – we live by rules and regulations that say you can’t do this and you can’t do that. In my paintings I am trying to tell people how this makes me feel.”

-Thompson Hall

Image: Universal Credit by Thompson Hall

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