The creation of cultural legacies for mental health groups and other communities

Dr Cheryl McGeachan’s research has opened up and demonstrated the significance of Art Extraordinary, a unique collection of Scottish ‘outsider art’ collected by therapist Joyce Laing during the period 1970−2000s and donated to Glasgow Museums in 2012. Her work fostered a new model of academic-museum curatorial practice that has helped to secure a commitment by Glasgow Museums to permanent exhibition space for Art Extraordinary and mental ill-health in the flagship Kelvingrove Museum, one of the UK’s most visited attractions with 1.3M visitors every year.  

First published: 10 May 2022