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.

Autumn 2014 Meeting

Date: Saturday October 4th 2014 Time: 11am to 3.30pm Venue: BAAT HQ London

In this meeting you will have the opportunity to hear from Art Therapists who have worked on inspiring projects (in museum and galleries) and have the opportunity to discuss their work. We will share together ways of using existing images and objects with participants / clients, creating a list of working methods. You will also have the opportunity to help MagSig develop (and take part) in its first UK pilot project.

Autumn Meeting 2013

28 September 2013

First meeting of MAGSIG at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) where members able to attend met and mingled for the first time, delighted to share more about their interest and experiences in working in partnership with museums and galleries as their capacity as art therapists.  Co-Coordinator Sian Hutchinson (and founding member) gave a presentation about insights gathered from her work with Arts in Health projects in Museums and Galleries. This was followed by a discussion and an action plan about how the group can develop.  The meeting was tabled and organised by MagSig Coordinators Sian and Ali.

Spring Meeting, 5 April 2014

The MAGSIG Spring Meeting took place on 5 April 2014 at the BAAT offices in London.  We heard from Helen Chatterjee, Head of Research and Teaching, Museums and Collections, University College London and author of the recently published book ‘Museums, Health and Wellbeing’.  We also explored various ways of working with objects, and discussed the priorities for the group.