The Quest for Peace in the Citadel of Chaos – Geraldine R Montgomerie and Matthew Bellwood


Visual artist Geraldine R Montgomerie and storyteller Matthew Bellwood curate and present a collection of words and pictures featuring key moments on the road to recovery. The exhibition builds upon a series of interviews with therapists and other health professionals, people who have used mental health services and their families. It focuses on traditional storytelling forms, such as folk tales and ballads, to find links between people’s real-life journeys towards wellness and the epic quests and voyages of mythic heroes and heroines from world culture.

The exhibition will be launched with an evening of celebrations, on Thursday 4th October.  With special guest speaker, Margaret Hare, who will be giving a brief talk between 7.30 and 8pm, followed by folk songs with musician David Broad, exploring journeys – both real and imagined.

Margaret Hare collaborated with her daughter, the comic artist Una, on a short graphic novel ‘On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives’, which tells the story of a single day of pivotal importance, when Margaret was taken to hospital under a section to be treated for a long period of psychosis. As a result of hospital treatment and continuing medication Margaret now lives a full life and has not only recovered her energetic and insightful personality, but has embarked on new adventures. She paints, attending art clubs twice weekly, took up the piano, a skill almost forgotten from childhood, and started learning the clarinet. She babysits and cares for her many grandchildren, attends her local church and has volunteered at St George’s Crypt shelter for the homeless for almost a decade. She also enjoys extended holidays in the Canary Islands, where she made her first painting, featured in the book. She is a retired business woman living in a suburb of Leeds. Margaret will give a short talk about the experience of psychosis and NHS medical treatment and talk about her journey through the adjustment of mental illness and what it has meant to her to regain her  life and her health.

Thurs 4 – Thurs 25 Oct
open seven days a week from 4pm (12 noon on Fri and Sat)

Sela Bar, 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU


Age restriction: venue is 18+

Access:  The venue is located down a flight of stairs