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!


Bibliography – will open a PDF document with a list of books and journal articles we found helpful.

 MAGSIG feature in Newsbriefing December 2015*

*Quotes from articles should be referenced to BAAT, Newbriefing December 2015 and the individual authors.

Museum therapy article in Newsbriefing 

Art therapy-based organisational consultancy – a session at Tate Britain (Article in Inscape)

Role of art therapy in pilot for art-based information prescriptions at Tate Britain (Article in Inscape)

NWFED wellbeing research resources

UCL Tool Kit for evaluating museum wellbeing projects

Museums on Call – How Museums are Addressing Health Issues

New Forms of Interactions

Theorizing How Art Gallery Interventions Impact People With Dementia and Their Caregivers

Feedback from a conference about museums and technology for health and wellbeing

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.

Museums and art galleries as partners for public health interventions

Allied Health Professions into Action: Art Therapy in cultural spaces

Lynn Froggett & Myna Trustram (2014) Object relations in the museum: a psychosocial perspective, Museum Management and Curatorship, 29:5, 482-497

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

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Art Therapy in Museums – Elisabeth Ioannides talk to Lina Patmali in Museeum, 28.08.2017

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 as Spaces for Wellbeing: A Second Report from the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing (UK)

Creative and Cultural Activities and Wellbeing in Later Life

subjective wellbeing and engagements in arts, culture and sports

Dodd, J & Jones, C. (2014).Mind body spirit how museums impact health and wellbeing, Leicester: Research Center for Museums and Galleries

Glossary of health terms for museums

A Cultural Manifesto for Wellbeing

Museums for Wellbeing: What role can museums play? in Museum Practice

Eskenazi initiative provides art therapy for children

Calm and collected Museums and galleries: the UK’s untapped wellbeing resource?

Ali Coles, Fiona Harrison & Saira Todd (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, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2018.1564346

Allison Henry, Kristina Parker & Stephen Legari (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, DOI: 10.1080/08322473.2019.1601929

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