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Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker is an artist and activist working across performance, drawing and multi-media. Over the past four decades she has, amongst other things, danced with meringue ladies; made a life-sized version of her family out of cake; and driven around the streets of London strapped to the back of a truck yelling at passers-by through a megaphone to 'Pull Yourselves Together.' Her touring exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997-2008 premiered at the Wellcome Collection in 2009. The book of the same name won MIND Book of the Year 2011. Artistic director of Daily Life Ltd.

Posts by Bobby Baker

A houseguest watches a video of the upstairs rooms at Great & Tiny War

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as a ...

Being labelled

My experience of mental illness is a long time ago now. It’s ten years since I was discharged from the mental health system. But between 1997 and 2008, I was a ‘care-in-the-community client’, or ‘severe and enduringly ill patient’, a ‘service user’, and so on. I got a lot of labels… ...

An edwardian house is pictured with teh artist Bobby Baker standing in front of it

Great & Tiny War Part One: Can Art Save The World?

Hello. This is the first time I’ve written a blog so I’m going to start as I always do when I ‘appear’ in public by introducing myself – in case mistakes have been made and people have expected to see a man. I’d like to make it absolutely clear, yet ...