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Little Cures

This online art exhibition is curated by Martha Kelsey with photography by James Dobson.

CONTENT WARNING: Contains nudity and discusses the topic of mental health.

An alienation of the mind, troubling reason…the common vice of melancholy

— John Hall, 1624

John Hall, husband to Shakespeare's daughter, and Stratford upon Avon’s

physician detailed his medical treatments in his personal manuscript ‘A Little

Book of Cures’. Central to this was the theory of Humourism — the belief that all

human bodies were governed by four opposing ‘humours’. Each humour

corresponded to a different ‘temperament’. Darkest of these temperaments was

‘melancholy’. Today this word chimes with terms such as Anxiety and Depression,

which describe just some of the aspects in the vast spectrum of 'melancholy'.


Little Cures aligns past with present. Set within the hushed interior of Hall’s

Jacobean home of Hall’s Croft, forced into hibernation by the COVID-19 pandemic, this

exhibition presents the anxiety of today’s generation.


Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and exploring themes including

mental health, climate breakdown, social media and the healing power of

plants, five contemporary artists’ present artworks that are held together

by a shared sense of melancholy.


In a way, each artwork becomes a ‘Little Book of Cures’ for the artist and those

with whom it resonates.

Little Cures Our Time

Our Time, drawing on paper, Dan Stirling

Little Cures Do-for-You

Do-for-You, digital print, Chelsea Porter

Little Cures Journey to the Light and Lost Fears Among Listening Ears

Journey to the Light (left) and Lost Fears Among Listening Ears (right), lacquer and acrylic on woodcut, Richard Woods

Little Cures It Keeps Right On-a Hurtin’

It Keeps Right On-a Hurtin’ , enamel on glass, Harvey Steele

Little Cures Water Under the Bridge, I Can't Remember Why, and Homeless

Water Under the Bridge (left), I Can’t Remember Why (centre) and Homeless’(right), collages, Caitlin Hoole

Little Cures Hall's Croft 2
Little Cures Delicious Monster

Delicious Monster, acrylic on woodcut, Richard Woods

Little Cures Be Mine

Be Mine, drawing on paper, Dan Stirling

Little Cures Binge Watch the Future With Me

Binge Watch the Future With Me, enamel on glass, Harvey Steele

Little Cures Clarity

Clarity, digital print, Chelsea Porter

Find out more about the artists behind Little Cures

Meet the Artists

Find out more about John Hall in our Method in the Madness exhibition.

Method in the Madness
Where the story began