Pathways to Wellbeing: exploring the role of museums in supporting mental health
University of Leicester
Examining the unique aspects of the museum experience to understand how museums can support mental wellbeing and mental health. Focusing on the specific affective, social, spatial and material characteristics of museums.
Creative Response, BAAT’s special interest group, organised a study day on 3 October 2019 with a theme ‘Materiality and the use of objects in art psychotherapy’. The study day was hosted by The Harley Street Clinic and The Wallace Collection museum.
The content of the day was constructed to introduce the use of museum resources in therapy practice from two perspectives: one – from art therapy point of view, and another – from the museum point of view.
First part of the day was dedicated to theoretical and practical considerations of this relatively new format of practice. Helen Jury, Art Psychotherapist, who has
has been pursuing doctoral research at UCL London on this topic, delivered an insightful presentation. It was followed by thought-provoking object-handling session. Helen Jury writes:
“Art Psychotherapy in museums is a growing field and one which is becoming increasingly influential in terms of community engagement in this time of shrinking resources and reapplication and thinking around space, place and function. Both museum practitioners and Art Psychotherapists are developing exciting and innovative practice that looks at shared professional input and re-designation of museum space, objects and function”.
Second part of the day was dedicated to the museum visit, where participants engaged in art making and discussions.
Amy Chang, curator (Education Department) at The Wallace Collection, conducted a stimulating guided tour, showing most interesting highlights of the collection. She also presented to the group a museum outreach programme ‘The Wallace on the ward’, which is currently being delivered to hospitals and care homes.
Very positive feedback was received from fellow art therapists and we hope it has inspired people to work more with museum resources. There are some comments from the participants:
” I work with loss and not in museums so opened my eyes to different areas of work”.
“Really useful to consider/ bringing together different interests”.
“As a newly qualified APT having written my dissertation on this subject – it was reaffirming and helped me believe I can work in this area”.
“Very interesting and lots of material for further research. Thought provoking”.
“Energizing and so much to reflect on. So relevant to practice/ Fantastic day!”
Materiality and the use of objects in art psychotherapy and museums
Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 12 – 5 pm
Talk by art psychotherapist Helen Jury
Talk and tour to the Wallace Collection and creative art making session
The Museums Change Lives Awards are now open for entries.
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7–10 August 2019
Ironbridge – Telford, Shropshire, England
In celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health(JAAH), the University of Wolverhampton collaborate in hosting an International Arts & Wellbeing Conference. The Conference is conveniently located in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England. With its vast array of Victorian monuments, museums and galleries it is a major historical destination. It is also home to the world’s first cast-iron bridge built in 1779 by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution. This remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the town that bears its name.
The Conference celebrates the arts and aims to build metaphoric bridges across the field by facilitating a diverse and lively programme of dialogue with an emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community. The Conference focuses on applied arts practice, research, scholarship, expressive arts therapy, community and education, set within proximity to one of England’s most stunning heritage locations.
The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), in collaboration with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), will host the inaugural International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference in London, UK, July 11 to July 13 2019, at Queen Mary University of London. We will explore a wide array of topics pertaining to art therapy practice and research in the art therapy profession, by offering a robust range of themes and tracks. We invite members of the international art therapy community to submit proposals for this unique opportunity.
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Arts in Mind is a week-long festival celebrating innovative collaborations between researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the creative and cultural sector. It showcases work that explores new ways to improve wellbeing and facilitate a better understanding of mental health, the brain and the mind.
Running alongside #CreativityandWellbeing Week 4-10 June 2018
‘The Artist’s Voice’
From 4th – 6th May 2018, Outside In is hosting the European Outsider Art Association (EOA) Conference at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (UK). The conference is aimed at artists, curators and collectors as well as representatives from museums, galleries, collections, art projects and studio groups. This year’s conference focuses on ‘the Artist’s Voice,’ celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners.
This week (12 – 16/03/2018) is Museums and Wellbeing Week. To celebrate watch the webinar presented by Ali Coles here. The theme will be Working with Art Therapists: What is museum-based Art Therapy? What can Art Therapists bring to museum health and wellbeing projects? Ali is a Lecturer in Art Psychotherapy, University of South Wales and Art Psychotherapist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.
An alliance of cultural organisations from across England launches a new national body to develop and promote the role of arts and culture in supporting the country’s health and wellbeing (launched 13 March 2018).
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a new national organisation for all who believe in the value of cultural engagement and participation for health and wellbeing. It will advocate for the work, provide training, resources and events, and develop understanding of how participating in cultural activities can help individual and community health and wellbeing.
To find out more and to join the new Alliance, please visit: www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk