The case conference.

  • Beales, David, 1954-
  • Pictures

About this work


Looking into a room with dark grey walls, people are sitting and standing around a central table, mainly looking in the same direction, towards the viewer.


[England] : 2000.

Physical description

1 painting : acrylic on paper; 48 x 50.6 cm

Biographical note

David Beales is an artist and writer. He was admitted to Farnborough Psychiatric Unit at the age of 21, and spent the next twenty years in and out of a number of different hospitals. In the early 1990s, he was discharged from Stone House Hospital as part of the Care in the Community initiative. His art portrays the world of psychiatric patients, drug users, musicians and artists, and has been exhibited at Bethlem Museum of the Mind. His compositions are informed by real life events, and are seen by the artist as mapping an area of social history which is underrepresented.

Related material

Acquired with David Beales archive PP/DBL

Terms of use

Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial CC BY-NC 4.0


Wellcome Collection 3313126i


Title provided by the artist.

Ownership note

Donated to Wellcome Collection by David Beales in 2019..

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