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- DescriptionNarratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing draws on extensive research carried out with mental health service users who are also practicing artists. Using narrative data gained through hours of reflective conversation, it explores t whether art can contribute to positive wellbeing and improved mental health - as this is w established ground - but rather how art works, and the role art making can play in people's lives as they encounter crises, relapse, recovery or 'beyonding'. The book maps the delicate ways in which finding a means to tell our story sometimes is the creative project we seek, and offers a reminder of how intrinsically linked our life trajectories are with creative opportunities. It describes the wide range of artistic activity occurring in health and community settings and the meanings of these practices to people with histories of mental turbulence. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, the book explore the stories and various forms of visual arts practices spoken of, and considers the art making processes, the creative moments and the objects which in some cases have changed people's lives. The seven chapters of the book offer a blend of personal testimony, theory, debate, critique and celebration, and examine key topics of deliberation within the fields of art therapy, arts in health, community arts practice, participatory arts, and widening participation within arts education. It will be valuable reading for researchers, students, artists and practitioners in these fields.
- Author BiographyOlivia Sagan is a Chartered Psychologist, Counsellor and Senior Lecturer in Pyschology. She is currently Academic Co-ordinator for Psychology at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK.
- Author(s)Olivia Sagan
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication20/10/2014
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Series TitleAdvances in Mental Health Research
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note12 black & white illustrations, 12 black & white halftones
- Weight408 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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