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Mental illness is an underestimated widespread disease and there are often reservations about those affected. The multidimensional exhibition INSIDE OUTSIDER aims to change this. Interested visitors can find out about the inner lives of those affected - and experience how they have dealt with it in order to recover.

The word OUTSIDER in the title of the exhibition is derived from the English term Outsider Art. It refers to artworks by people who live on the margins of society and is often associated with artworks by people with mental health problems.

The exhibition shows a series of works that deal with the feelings and thoughts of those affected. The works are accompanied by texts to read and listen to, with artists themselves having their say. The information is accessible via QR codes on smartphones. The artists present their works in person during guided tours.

Almost 18 million Germans are affected by a mental illness every year. At the same time, these illnesses are associated with a great deal of shame and those affected often face prejudice - although there is a high probability that we could all be affected ourselves in the course of our lives.

The INSIDE OUTSIDER exhibition therefore aims to:

  • create more awareness, understanding and social recognition for people with mental illness and promote an approach without reservations
  • help affected artists to feel better understood by allowing as many people as possible to see and experience their works and the stories behind them
  • make the experiences of sufferers visible and show which resources, inner potentials and competences a person can use in life for their recovery
  • raise awareness of the role of creativity and the potential contribution of art therapy in staying and becoming healthy
The exhibition is particularly aimed at

  • People who want to find out more about the important and diverse topic of "mental health and illness"
  • Anyone interested in learning about art therapy and the connection between art and mental health
  • mentally ill people and their relatives who want to learn about an effective form of therapy
  • Psychotherapists, psychiatrists or art therapists
The exhibition is organised by the "Art Therapy Collective", an association of art therapists who are committed to ensuring that mental illnesses are less stigmatised in society and that those affected experience less prejudice, judgement or exclusion.
Additional information
We do apologize that the following information is currently only available in German.