The Adamson Collection is one of the major international collections of art objects made by people who lived in European psychiatric hospitals. It holds about 5500 objects (paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and works on stone, flint and bone) created between 1946 and 1981, by people at the British long-stay mental hospital, Netherne (formerly the pioneering Surrey County Asylum in Hooley, Surrey).
Key part of the history of British asylums
The Adamson Collection is important in the histories of British asylums and post-war psychiatry, of art therapy and Jungians and of Outsider Art: encouraged and collected by an artist Edward Adamson, rather than a psychiatrist, and strongly representing the work of women. The Maudsley Charity supported the Adamson Collection Trust to produce the Adamson Festival which told the story of the life and work of Edward Adamson and the collection.
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