Director: Pia Borg, Edward Lawrenson

37 minutes, U.K, 2014

This film screened on Saturday 3rd January 2015.

Abandoned Goods is a short essay film that tells the story of the journey of the Adamson Collection. Recently rediscovered, the collection is one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. It contains around 5,500 objects created between 1946 and 1981 by patients in Netherne psychiatric hospital in Surrey, England. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed. It was narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators.

This film is screening as part of IFI & First Fortnight 2015. The other film in this programme is Heaven Adores You and will show on January 10th at 16.00.

Tickets for each programme are €9. 

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