Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy

Editor : Christopher Brown, Editor : Helen Omand

Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : February 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 232
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 96317
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367558925
  • ISBN 10 : 0367558920

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Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy discovers where studio practice stands in the profession today and reflects on how changing social, political and economic contexts have influenced its ethos and development.

This is the first UK volume devoted to studio art therapy and the writers explore what is meant by a studio approach and how they are adapting art-based practices in radical new ways and settings. It comprises three parts: 'Frames of Reference' explores how particular social, cultural and political contexts have led to the discourses within practice; 'Models of Practice' gives accounts of current studio art therapy practice, describing rationale for working methods and providing a resource for practitioners; 'Curating, Exhibiting and Archiving' considers how the display and disposal of artworks, particularly relevant to studio approaches, may be thought about and implemented. The book includes chapters from North American authors who illustrate a trajectory of practice that has the potential to point to future developments.

The book will be essential reading for practitioners and students who are interested in taking a fresh perspective on art therapy and will be encouraged by new ways of thinking about the studio approach in today's changing world.

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"This multi-authored book explores the history and development of studio-based art therapy in a diverse range of settings and from numerous theoretical perspectives. There is no comparable UK publication and it makes a valuable and timely contribution to the literature. While its main readership is likely to be practicing arts therapists and students in training, this book contains much that will also be of interest to artists, mental health workers and practitioners from related disciplines" - David Edwards, artist, retired HCPC registered art therapist and author of the book, Art Therapy

"This vital and timely book places the Studio at the heart of Art Therapy, updating the studio's historic significance with descriptions of innovative new practices, much of which arises to meet the needs of people suffering the adverse affects of socio-economic and political realities. The thoughtful and wide ranging chapters impress on the reader the centrality of art and art making and the significance of art therapy studios as inclusive, adaptable and creative places" Dean Reddick, Art therapist with Latimer Community Art Therapy; co-editor, Art Therapy in the Early Years: Therapeutic Interventions with Infants, Toddlers and their Families.

About the Editor(s)

Christopher Brown is an artist and art therapist currently in private practice after retiring from careers in mental health and higher education.

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Helen Omand is an artist and art therapist working in a therapeutic studio and as a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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