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About us

The Adamson Collection

About us

The Adamson Collection

About us

The Adamson Collection

About us

The Adamson Collection

Edward  Adamson  (1911 to 1996) was a British artist, a pioneer of using art as therapy, and the creator of the  Adamson  Collection.

The  Adamson  Collection  is one of the major international  collections of art objects made by people who lived in European mental health hospitals. It holds about 5,500 objects (paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and works on stone, flint and bone) made between 1946 and 1981 by people at the British long-stay mental health hospital, Netherne.

The Collection is important in the histories of British mental health and postwar psychiatry, of art therapy and Jungians and of Outsider Art. It was encouraged and collected by an artist rather than a psychiatrist and strongly represents the work of women.

Part of the  collection  is on display at Oak House at Lambeth Hospital. The majority of the collection is now held at the Wellcome Library.

Watch this video about the Edward Adamson Festival in 2014: