Our Exhibition

We created an exhibition as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023 around the theme of 'revolution'

The Humiliation Beam

Digital collage

Patient Diagnosis: 

F33.3 - Major depression with psychosis


This collage piece draws upon the artist’s experience of psychiatric abuse and malpractice. It is an attempt to express the profound humiliation of longterm mistreatment by medical professionals and the feelings of dehumanisation that come along with it


The dog in the piece is muzzled and helpless against the beam, representing the vulnerability and powerlessness experienced by psychiatric patients. The microscope represents the clinical detachment shown by the professionals overseeing the dog’s transformation.


The artist invites viewers to empathise with the dog, encouraging them to place themselves in its position. The artwork seeks to convey the message that individuals who have faced similar traumatic experiences within the psychiatric system should not remain silent or feel ashamed of the changes they undergo. For change to occur psychiatric abuse must be acknowledged, exposed, and met with consequences rather than being swept under the rug.

Please note: The diagnosis used does not necessarily reflect a psychiatric diagnosis received by the artist. These were included to reflect the current practice of labelling and how these relate to lived-experience.


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