Dominic Harris


The Residents: Stories of Kingsley Hall, East London, 1965–1970
and the experimental community of RD Laing



The Philadelphia Association leased Kingsley Hall, in Bromley-by-Bow, East London, from 1965–1970 to house a large, live-in community of trained psychiatrists, helpers and characters with varying psychoses. It was neither a hospital nor an asylum, and if invited to stay, everyone became a resident and in theory equal.

The person at the centre of this radical experiment was the charismatic psychiatrist RD Laing who had written the influential book The Divided Self in 1960 which aimed "…to make madness, and the process of going mad, comprehensible".

This is a portrait of a community and their memory of people, time and place. ________________

The Observer feature by Sean O'Hagan, Sept 2012.
Link to online article


Francis from The Residents featured on Saturday Live, BBC Radio 4, Saturday 13th October 2012, 9–10.30am.




Shown at:

The Kingsley Hall Show

Kingsley Hall
Powis Rd,
London E3 3HJ

27th July – 13th August 2012


Voice of the Grain
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS

4 –9 September 2012

shortlisted for:

Salon Art Prize

Matt Roberts Arts
25b Vyner Street

London E2 9DG

12th October – 3rd November 2012

highly commended at:

53 Degrees North
The New School House Gallery
Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PW
8 September – 27 October 2012


Shown also at:

Academy Now
30 Maple Street, London W1T 6HA

Saturday 12th– 20th January 2013