Kate Monaghan and Rob Crossan with guests Mik Scarlet and the Vacuum Cleaner
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The artist designing a mental health asylum

James Leadbitter, an artist and activist who goes by the pseudonym The Vacuum Cleaner, is organising the design and construction of an experimental mental health asylum.

Leadbitter, who has spent time in mental health wards, often found the services provided to be inadequate, and began the Madlove project to draw on the voluntary expertise of people from various personal and professional backgrounds.

In this clip from Ouch's podcast, presented by Rob Crossan and Kate Monaghan, Leadbitter explains how he came up with the idea and his hopes for the project.

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