The Friends of the BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association) are delighted to support the purchase of a photograph by contemporary surrealist photographer Benji Reid for the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.
The museum already has a strong collection of art works by traditional artists such as Richard Dadd, Louis Wain and Jonathan Martin. However, the museum was weak in representing the lives and experiences of the black British community.
The addition of this image helps to address this issue. The photograph is included in the museum’s autumn exhibition A way from home: Bethlem artists on longing and belonging and it recently won the mental health category in the Wellcome Trust’s photography competition.
Geoffrey Munn BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association) Trust Chairman said: “I am thrilled that the BADA Friends has been able to contribute to the museum in this way, and I am sure the photograph will certainly give food for thought for all those who see it in the current exhibition and in the years to come”.
Colin Gale Museum Director, Anne Green BADA Friends Director and Geoffrey Munn Chairman of the BADA Friends.
Christopher Claxton Stevens of the BADA Cultural and Educational Trust committee.
Copyright: Ben McDade Photography, courtesy Bethlem Musuem of the Mind.