Abandoned Goods
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    Abandoned Goods

    Directed by

    United Kingdom


    37 min

    • English

    Documentary, Short

    In 1946, doctors at an English psychiatric hospital opened a studio for patients to make art. Conceived as a laboratory for diagnostic purposes, the studio was one of the first of its kind. Facilitated by the artist Edward Adamson, it soon became a site for free expression. Over the years, the residents created thousands of works, but most of them were destroyed when the hospital closed in 1993. Charting the fate of the 5,500 surviving artworks, Abandoned Goods tells the story of the collection. Blending archive, rostrum and observational footage, it explores the transformation of the objects from clinical material to revered art, examining the changing contexts in which they were produced and displayed.


    • Golden Leopard for the Best International Short - FF Locarno
    • Best Cinematography (International Shorts Competition) - Janela IFF

    Labels & Line Ups


    Pia Borg
    Edward Lawrenson
    Nick Gordon Smith
    Philippe Ciompi


    Abandoned Goods... is a deceptively concentrated film—and one that’s as much about renewing and re-contextualizing the creations therein as it is about art’s psychological, emotional and finally social consequence. It leaves those pampered juggernauts in the dust.

    Michael Pattison, Fandor

    Pia Borg

    Pia Borg


    Pia is an Australian artist and film director living in the United States. Her work, at the crossroad between documentary and contemporary art, was screened at Locarno and Sundance Film Festivals and Venice Biennale. In DEMONIC, screened during the 58 th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, Pia mixes archives, reenactment and CGI to immerse the audience in the depth of a “satanic panic”

    Selected Filmography

    Edward Lawrenson

    Edward Lawrenson

    United Kingdom

    Edward Lawrenson is a filmmaker, journalist and programmer based in London. His short film A THOUSAND TREES screened at the London Short Film Festival in 2011. He also advises for the BFI London Film Festival and has written for a number of magazines, including Sight & Sound and Film Quarterly.