After the ideal; piece by piece

an artistic exploration of the effect of perinatal anxiety on women’s identities

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Free entry

The Forum - University of Exeter

1st - 27th May 2015 from 8 am to 8 pm


After the ideal; piece by piece:

an artistic exploration of the effect of perinatal anxiety on women’s identities


As part of the Exeter Enquires project, Elizabeth van der Beugel has been artist in residence in the Psychology department pf the University of Exeter since October 2014.

Her residency, part of the Exeter Enquires project  has been undertaken with Dr Heather O’Mahen, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, specialising in perinatal mood disorders.

The residency has considered ideas of identity and motherhood when complicated by a perinatal anxiety or mood disorder and how women integrate these experiences into their perceptions of themselves as mothers. It has examined how a perinatal mental illness can fragment women’s identities, and force a re-ordering, and piecing together of a new, different and perhaps fragile whole.

In her work Elizabeth has used traditional graphic techniques to explore contemporary female realities. In this exhibition she aims to convey some of the emotional complexity of the subject matter and can encourage or enable discussion of debilitating disorders that can often be extremely hard to talk about.

Elizabeth van der Beugel studied at the University of York and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has exhibited in the North East and South West. Following this exhibition her work will form a part of the University collection.

Elizabeth's residency is part of Exeter Enquires, a project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It aims to engage a wider public in the innovative work and practise of academic-artistic collaboration and brings together artists with University departments and community settings, so that academic research and ideas can be communicated in imaginative formats through artists connecting with academics and engaging with communities. 


Find out more about Elizabeth van der Beugel's residency at the University of Exeter here.


The exhibition is open daily from 1 to 27 May2015, from 8 am to 8 pm  in the Forum building on the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus.  Entry is free.