Below is a small and growing collection of articles about Art Therapy in museum and gallery settings and related topics. Clicking on the titles below will bring you to the PDF in a new window. This is not an exhaustive collection so please email us with other useful references we can add them to the site. Thank you!
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*Quotes from articles should be referenced to BAAT, Newbriefing December 2015 and the individual authors.
Weaving Potential Space and Acculturation : Art Therapy in the Museum– This unformatted version is kindly provided by the author. The published article can be sought here. Salom, A. (2015) ‘Weaving Potential Space and Acculturation: Art Therapy at the Museum’, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 6: 1, pp. 47- 62.
Debra Linesch (2004), Art therapy at the museum of tolerance: responses to the life and work of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis,The Arts in Psychotherapy, 31, 57–66
Ioannides, E. (2016), Museums as Therapeutic Environments and the Contribution of Art Therapy, Museum International, vol. 68, issue 3-4, 98–109. doi: 10.1111/muse.12125
G. Baddeley, L. Evans, M. Lajeunesse & S. Legari (2017), Body Talk Examining a Collaborative Multiple Visit Program for Visitors with Eating Disorders, Journal of Museum Education, 42:4, 345-353
A. Coles & F. Harrison (2017), Tapping into museums for art psychotherapy: an evaluation of a pilot group for young adults, International Journal of Ar Therapy: Inscape
A. Pantagoutsou, E. Ioannides & G. Vaslamatzis (2017), Exploring the Museum’s Images – Exploring My Image (Exploration des images du musée, exploration de mon image), Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, Volume 30, Issue 2: Art Therapy and Visual Culture
Museums for Wellbeing: What role can museums play? in Museum Practice
(2019) Flexing the frame: therapist experiences of museum-based group art psychotherapy for adults with complex mental health difficulties, International Journal of Art Therapy, 24:2, 56-67,
(2019) (Re)collections: Art Therapy Training and Supervision at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ((Re)visiter : formation en art-therapie et supervision au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal), Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, 32:1, 45-52,
Spraggins Rochford, J. (2017). Art therapy at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: A feminist systems thinking approach to art therapy and museum collaborations. The Journal of Art for Life. 9(2).
Betts, D. J., Potash, J. S., Luke, J. J., & Kelso, M. (2015). An art therapy study of visitor reactions to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museum Management and Curatorship, 30(1), 21-43.
Peacock, K., Hamil, S., & Dumlao, K. (2014). Art therapy access programs. Retrieved from www.brooksmuseum.org/assets/2259/art-therapy-in-museums-memphis.pdf
Ioannides, E., (2019), Art as a place of co-existence, First published in Newsbriefing, British Association of Art Therapists, Winter, 2019
(2019) Art as therapy; museums and galleries as places for psychodynamic art therapy, Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy,
Coles, A. & Jury, H. (ed), (2020), Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice, Sue Holttum (author of contributions), Mary Chamberlain (author of contributions), Nana Zhvitiashvili (author of contributions), Emma Hollamby (author of contributions), Elaine Homer (author of contributions), Jane Landes (author of contributions), Simon Hackett (author of contributions), Ruth McGovern (author of contributions), London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN: 9781785924118
D’Cunha, Nathan M., McKune, Andrew J., Isbel, Stephena, Kellett, Jane, Georgousopoulou, Ekavi N. & Naumovski, Nenad, Psychophysiological Responses in People Living with Dementia after an Art Gallery Intervention: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 549-562, 2019
Caring – Supporting, how well-being weaves links between Museum and Local Communities? Museum Connections Conference 2020, Paris, France (Podcast). Speaking: Ronan Brindley, Manchester Art Gallery; Estelle d’Almeida, Centre Pompidou; Elisabeth Ioannides, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)
Trauma-Aware Museum Education: Principles and Practices, Written by Andrew Palamara, Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Stephen Legari, Emily Wiskera, and Laura Evans
Covid-19: How to deal with change / How to deal with stress in the post-lockdown period / Creative journals – visual narrative as the art of opening up following confinement in the times of Covid-19, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST)
Museums Embrace Art Therapy Techniques for Unsettled Times, The New York Times
Olivier Beauchet, Thomas Bastien, Mary Mittelman, Yoko Hayashi, Andy Hau Yan Ho (2020), Participatory art-based activity, community-dwelling older adults and changes in health condition: Results from a pre–post intervention, single-arm, prospective and longitudinal study, Maturitas, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.01.006
Thomson, L.J., Morse, N., Elsden, E. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2020). Art, nature and mental health: Assessing the biopsychosocial effects of a ‘creative green prescription’ museum programme involving horticulture, artmaking and collections. Perspectives in Public Health, 10(11), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913920910443
Thomson, L.J., Lockyer, B., Camic, P.M. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2018). Effects of a museum-based social prescription intervention on quantitative measures of psychological wellbeing in older adults. Perspectives in Public Health, 138(1), 28–38. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913917737563
Morse, N. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2017). Museums, health and wellbeing research: Co-developing a new observational method for people with dementia in hospital contexts. Perspectives in Public Health, 138(3), 152–159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757913917737588
Morse, N., Lockyer, B., Thomson, L.J., Camic, P.M. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2017). Collaboration in Museums and Health Research. BMJ Open, 7(2), A1–A14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016492.24
Todd, C., Camic, P.M., Lockyer, B., Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2017). Museum-based programmes for socially isolated older adults: Understanding what works. Health & Place, 48, 47-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.08.005
Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2016). Wellbeing with Objects: Evaluating a museum object-handling intervention for older adults in health care settings. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(3), 349–362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0733464814558267
Chatterjee, H.J. & Camic, P.M. (2015). The health and wellbeing potential of museums and art galleries. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 7(3), 183–186. https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1065594
Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Measuring the impact of museum activities on wellbeing: Developing the Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit. Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship. 30(1), 44–62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2015.1008390
Morse, N., Thomson, L.J., Brown, Z. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Effects of creative museum outreach sessions on measures of confidence, sociability and well-being for mental health and addiction recovery service-users. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 7(3), 231–246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2015.1061570
Solway, R., Thomson, L.J., Camic, P.M. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2015). Museum object handling in older adult mental health inpatient care. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17(4), 201–214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623730.2015.1035520
Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2014). Assessing well-being outcomes for arts and heritage activities: Development of a Museum Well-being Measures Toolkit. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 5(1), 29–50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jaah.5.1.29_1
Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Blair, K., Lanceley, A., Menon, U. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Using museum objects to improve wellbeing in psychiatric and rehabilitation patients. British Journal of Occupational Psychology, 76(5), 208–216. https://doi.org/10.4276/030802213X13679275042645
Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Noble, G. Lanceley, A., Menon, U. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Heritage, health and wellbeing: Assessing the impact of a heritage focused intervention on health and wellbeing. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19(3), 229–242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2011.651740
Paddon, H., Thomson, L., Lanceley, A., Menon, U. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Mixed methods evaluation of wellbeing benefits derived from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 6(1), 24–58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2013.800987
Vogelpoel, N., Lewis-Holmes, B., Thomson, L.J. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2013). Touching Heritage: Community health and wellbeing promotion through sustainable and inclusive volunteer programming in the museums’ sector. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6(1), 109–119. http://ijz.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.177/prod.256
Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Menon, U., Lanceley, A. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012a). Quantitative evidence for wellbeing benefits from a heritage-in-health intervention with hospital patients. International Journal of Art Therapy, 17(2), 63–79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2012.687750
Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., Noble, G. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2012). Heritage, health and wellbeing: Assessing the impact of a heritage focused intervention on health and wellbeing. International Journal of Heritage Studies, (19)3, 229–242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2011.6851740
Thomson, L.J., Ander, E.E., Menon, U., Lanceley, A. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2011). Evaluating the therapeutic effects of museum object handling with hospital patients: A review and initial trial of wellbeing measures. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2(1), 37–56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jaah.2.1.37_1
Ander, E.E., Thomson, L.J., Lanceley, A., Menon, U., Noble, G. & Chatterjee, H.J. (2011). Generic Wellbeing Outcomes: Towards a conceptual framework for wellbeing outcomes in museums. Museum Management and Curatorship, 26(3), 237–259. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09647775.2011.585798
Smallwood, E., Legari, S., & Sheldon, S. (2020). Group Art Therapy for the Psychosocial Dimension of Epilepsy: A Perspective and a Preliminary Mixed-Methods Study. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(3), 286-323. Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/69559
Kador, T. & Chatterjee, H. (Ed.). (2020), Object-Based Learning and Well-Being: Exploring Material Connections. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780429759284.
Janice Lobban & Dominic Murphy (2020). Military museum collections and art therapy as mental health resources for veterans with PTSD, International Journal of Art Therapy, 25:4, 172-182, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2020.1845220
(2021) ‘A space that worked for them’: museum-based art psychotherapy, power dynamics, social inclusion and autonomy, International Journal of Art Therapy,
Ioannides, E., Pantagoutsou, A. & Jury, H. (2021). Contemporary artworks as transformational objects in art psychotherapy museum groupwork, The Arts in Psychotherapy, 73, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2021.101759