Wed 12 Oct, 2011
Bobby Baker’s diary drawings chart her experiences of day hospitals, acute psychiatric wards, ‘crisis’ teams and various treatments. They convey the ups and downs of her recovery from mental illness, family life, work as an artist, breast cancer and just how funny all this harrowing stuff can be.
Bobby’s illustrated talk explores how painting, breathing and madness led to her remarkable drawings forming a critically acclaimed exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London, touring internationally and eventually becoming a book.
Bobby was first encouraged to exhibit 30 of the drawings at ICIA by Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe (then Head of Visual Arts) as part of the University’s Mental Health Week in 2006.