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Saturday 24th October, 6-9pm at Core Arts
109 Homerton High Street, London E9 6DJ  

'Society is an insane asylum run by the inmates’  Goffman, E. (1961) Asylums

There has been a tendency to prioritise the principle of care in the community over extended hospitalisation over the past few decades. The idea of the mentally ill being free to roam the streets and mingle with the general public has caused much fear amongst communities.

'Armed and dangerous: public at risk as mental patients escape the care net.' Sunday Express (2006)

On the other hand there has been a revived interest in the ‘outsider’ artist who, ignored by society, obsessively practices his ‘authentic’ and untrained creativity. Exhibitions such as Inner Worlds Outside  at the Whitechapel Gallery have given artistic credibility to the work of self-taught artists by exhibiting it next to the work of professional artists.

While questioning to some extent the status of art as an exclusive club of professionals and connoisseurs, such exhibitions do not challenge what Robert Smithson called ‘the cultural confinement of the art institution’ that ‘neutralises’ the potential conflict between art works and social reality.

Scare in the Community will aim to confront both sides of the coin by showing art, which attempts to break down the walls of the art gallery alongside work that deals with issues of Community care. The one night event will showcase a selection of art works (videos, performances, 2D and 3D works) produced by mental health service users as well as by contemporary artists at CORE Arts in Hommerton.

Curated by Julika Gittner and Jon Purnell

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