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Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.

The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.

Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition




5 Dutch Days New York - Presentation and panel discussion

Maarten Van Overeem

Beautiful Distress, Presentation and panel discussion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00-9:00pm
The Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065

Annaleen Louwes

Presentation about groundbreaking project Beautiful Distress. Based on a long running project in the Netherlands, 't Vijfde Seizoen, The Beautiful Distress Foundation invites prominent artists to live and work in the Behavioral Health Center of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, for several months. By absorbing and interpreting the realities of this world in their artwork, the Beautiful Distress Foundation seeks to lessen the stigma of mental illness.

Presentation by Wilko Tuinebreijer (Psychiatrist/Medical Director of MGGZ and GGD Amsterdam) and Annaleen Louwes (Artist-in-Residence) followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jeanne Wikler, with Director of Wellness and Recovery at KCHC, artists of 't Vijfde Seizoen and other collaborators of this project.