Maudsley Long Gallery

The Maudsley Long Gallery showcases work connected to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Maudsley Charity and our partners. 

We host four shows a year as themed exhibitions including invited solo shows, work by young people, community projects and selected touring exhibitions from Bethlem Gallery. Additionally we provide a space to showcase the work of artists connected to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

Maudsley Long Gallery was established in 2013 following a grant from the Maudsley Charity. The gallery space uses a reclaimed staff corridor that was previously locked and unused. The space is now open to everyone.

In addition to the Long Gallery we have a small exhibition space (three locked cabinets) next to the gallery. We invite applications from people who wish to exhibit in this space. Download a copy of the application form here.

Current exhibition:

If Destroyed Still True, a personally curated exhibition from photographer Matthew Strong, will be on display at the Maudsley Long Gallery until 25 May 2018.

This exhibition will showcase for the first time a selection of large-scale photographs, films and writing from Matthew’s archive of 15,000 images and film works, collated over 20 years. It comes together in the form of a photography book, helping to promote positive mental health awareness.

Having been diagnosed with a serious mental health issue in 2002, photography expresses how Matthew is feeling. He aims to help fight the stigma of having a mental illness, and to shed a positive light on the subject through the use of photography as a coping mechanism.

Matthew says: ‘The title – If Destroyed Still True – comes from adolescent graffiti, it was kind of like an official stamp of approval which meant if someone destroyed what had been written, it would still be true, a bit like keeping your fingers crossed.’

In the context of Matthew’s work, the statement becomes quite powerful, as in if he is to be eventually destroyed by his illness, can everything he has ever done be true?

The carefully chosen 20 framed prints take the viewer on a journey. The locations switch from London to India and back again, but it isn’t the locations that are so important, it’s how Matthew wants to make you feel; what has he seen that has caught his attention? How does this make the viewer understand his mental state? Are there questions that are unanswered? Is he trying to tell a story? Or quite simply are they just pictures and nothing else? That is up to you to decide.

If Destroyed Still True will also exhibit a selection of Matthew’s Super 8mm films, shot on location alongside his stills work, and quotes from his personal writing about life, his deepest thoughts, and his work.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition runs to 25 May 2018 and is free to visit. 

The project was uniquely funded by Matthew’s family and friends. He has raised enough money to put on the exhibition, to get the book and 20 prints printed and framed.

i.d.s.t. is kindly supported by the Maudsley Charity, Calm, and Sane. All proceeds from the sale of the book and the framed A2 prints will go directly to these three charities.

Meet the artist

16 March 2018

6 April 2018

18 April 2018

23 May 2018

Lunchtime Talks: 12:15 - 13:00, meet at the Maudsley Long Gallery entrance. No booking required. 

How to find the Maudsley Long Gallery
Enter the Maudsley Hospital through the main entrance on Denmark Hill. Turn left past the reception desk and follow the signs to the Long Gallery.

The Maudsley Long Gallery
Maudsley Hospital
Denmark Hill
020 3228 2830

Further information:

Open daily from 8am to 7pm.

Find out more about visiting Maudsley Hospital

Download a PDF of the layout of the Long Gallery space here.

You can find a selection of films relating to exhibitions from the Maudsley Long Gallery below and on our YouTube channel




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