Upcoming exhibitions

David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur


5 September 2020


2 January 2021


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

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David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur is a fully immersive exhibition that tells you everything you didn’t want to know about being sectioned.

In 2015 David suffered his first bipolar manic episode. He was admitted to the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, where he spent his time writing songs and journals about his experiences alongside imagining how the unit could be creatively improved for its service users.

This touring exhibition invites the public to explore David’s experiences through their senses. You can listen to the songs he wrote, read a variety of short stories about moments in the ward (such as escaping to The Champagne Bar, falling madly and obsessively in love and being punched by a fellow inmate), while taking a hands on look around an installation of David’s alternative vision of seclusion. Funny, irreverent, heartbreaking, honest and fearless, ‘David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur’ lives up to its name in all respects.