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

Ioannides, E., (2019), Art as a place of co-existence, First published in Newsbriefing, British Association of Art Therapists, Winter, 2019

David A. Walters (2019) Art as therapy; museums and galleries as places for psychodynamic art therapy, Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/21507686.2019.1703773

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Baring Foundation (2021). Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse ISBN: 978-1-906172-53-4

Ellie Watson, Ali Coles & Helen Jury (2021) ‘A space that worked for them’: museum-based art psychotherapy, power dynamics, social inclusion and autonomy, International Journal of Art Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/17454832.2020.1866046

Ioannides, E., Pantagoutsou, A. & Jury, H. (2021). Contemporary artworks as transformational objects in art psychotherapy museum groupwork, The Arts in Psychotherapy, 73,

Mitra Reyhani Ghadim, Lauren Daugherty (Ed.) (2021). Museum-based Art Therapy A Collaborative Effort with Access, Education, and Public Programs. Taylor & Francis Ltd . ISBN: 9780367856533