By Moonlight: Escaping the Asylum

By Moonlight: Escaping the Asylum

Items from the exhibition
Sat 22 Feb 2020, 11:45 to 12:15
City Art Centre
2 Market St
EH1 1DE Edinburgh

Midlothian County District Lunatic Asylum's Register of Escapes, 1875-1896, is the inspiration for Fi Bailey's art installation, By Moonlight. The archive holds a record of fifty women who escaped the boundaries of Rosslynlee, as far as Peebles, Cramond and Portobello.  

At this event, Fi will discuss her work which aligns the data in the escape register with phases of the moon.  Gaps between date of escape and date of return are represented in units of soap, an everyday domestic material, displayed alongside found objects.  

With thanks to Lothian Health Services Archives/LHB33

The installation will be on display throughout the Festival. Its themes of risk, escape and visibility will also act as a prompt for the Creative Writing Workshop that Fiona is leading immediately following this Conversation.

NB: If you buy a ticket for the workshop it includes admission to this Conversation, so please do not book separately for both.

Event Leader

Fi Bailey
Write To Be Known

Fi Bailey runs Write To Be Known, facilitating writing groups for wellbeing.  Her creative practice uses assemblage and archive to evoke memory and to invite stories of unwitnessed lives.