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Art against Stigma

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0409345 (Published 01 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0409345
  1. Thomas Mac Mahon, third year medical student1
  1. 1University College Dublin

Its organisers describe Art against Stigma as the first programme in the world to introduce art created by people with psychiatric disorders on the same standing as professional artists. Until now, they maintain that collections of art by people with mental illnesses were kept in museums or hospitals and segregated from the mainstream. This exhibition integrates those two sectors and consists of 62 paintings, 52 of which were created by people with mental illnesses.

Launched in Copenhagen in October 2003, the programme has three main aims. Most importantly, it hopes to act as an alternative channel of communication for people who have difficulties expressing their feelings and inner thoughts, thereby building …

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