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David Parkin's Delusions of Grandeur


22 April 2022


22 July 2022


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

Multidisciplinary artist David Parkin presents a funny, fearless installation that tells you everything you didn't want to know about being sectioned.

In 2015 David Parkin suffered his first bi-polar manic episode and was sectioned for four months. ‘David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur’ is a multidisciplinary installation that investigates his stay at the NHS’s pleasure from a cacophony of mediums. Premiering in 2019 at The Attenborough Centre (Leicester) to an overwhelming public response, it quickly became the art centre’s most well attended artwork … ever. Now it is coming to London!

Step inside David’s unbalanced mind and listen to songs he wrote and recorded while in the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, read about moments in the ward (escaping to a Champagne Bar, falling madly and obsessively in love and being punched by a fellow inmate) and check out David's alternative vision of seclusion.