The third Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place between 12-18 March 2018. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will co-ordinate the week, which will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are either already doing in the field or would like to pilot.

How to get involved

Visit their website here to download the form and send them your event details

All events will be added to their website https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com/news/

Creative Heritage in Mind

‘Creative Heritage in Mind’ was an 18 month art, museums and wellbeing project, formed from a partnership which has developed over several years in Suffolk. This was generated between Maggie Batchelar, an art therapist working in acute inpatient mental health services, a community arts charity and local museums services. The museum collections provided narrative which inspired imaginative creative responses for participants experiencing mental health problems, supported in small groups meeting in the museums.

‘Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries’, A call for chapter proposals for a new book from Jessica Kingsley, Publishers (to be published in 2019), Editors: Ali Coles and Helen Jury

This new book will inform practitioners about innovative practice and relevant theoretical perspectives in museum and gallery work. In the twelve chapters it will examine different client groups, the particular space of museum and gallery locations, and the singular skills Art Therapists bring to contemporary work in this field. Please click here for expressions of interest to contribute a chapter. (Deadline: 30 June 2017)

AT and MG call for proposals

Spring Meeting: March 11th, 2017


Time: 11:00 – 16:00

Alison Hawtin and Ali Coles will report back on the response to their presentation at the Museums Association conference and will lead a discussion on what museums are looking for from Art Psychotherapists, and how we can communicate what we can offer.

Drinks and refreshments are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

This counts as 5 hours towards Continuing Professional Development.


To confirm attendance, please email: emmamackinnon100@gmail.com

Museums & Psychotherapy Session at the MA Conference, Glasgow 2016

Alison Hawtin and Ali Coles presented a session on Museums and Psychotherapy at the Museums Association conference in Glasgow.  They talked about using museums objects and settings within Art Psychotherapy, and about the particular skills which Art Therapists can bring to museums/galleries.  They gave out a  handout which you can find in the front page of the website.

The room was full – over 90 people – and people were really interested in what they had to say.  Some told them afterwards that they are thinking again about the kind of work they expect arts in health practitioners to do, and several said they wanted to get in touch with Art Therapists locally.  The idea of a training day for museum staff about working with Art Therapists was also discussed.

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A feature in BAAT Newsbriefing Dec 2015

A fascinating slew of articles written by various MAGSIG members featured in December 2015 issue of BAAT Newsbriefing. The 4 articles give insight into how our members have brought art therapy practice successfully into gallery and museum settings.  They are great overviews that can be shared easily to further promote art therapy beyond clinical settings.

You can find them here, in one handy document.

If you would like to quote form the articles, please reference them to BAAT, Newsbriefing December 2015 and the individual authors.