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Artists and mental health: Liz Atkin, #CompulsiveCharcoal artist

London-based artist Liz Atkin creates work both in response to and as way of coping with compulsive skin picking. Alistair Gentry finds out more about her art practice, and the advocacy and education work she undertakes to help others understand and deal with this and other body-focused repetitive behaviour conditions.

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Resource Guide

Artists and mental health: experiences and strategies

Based on conversations with artists, Alistair Gentry reflects on the stigma that still exists around mental health, and discusses some of the coping strategies artists use in their work and careers when affected by mental health problems.

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Artists and mental health: The Bethlem Gallery

The Bethlem Gallery in Bromley provides a professional platform for artists who have experienced mental health difficulties. Alistair Gentry speaks to the gallery’s director Beth Elliot about the organisation and how it fosters a supportive artist-focussed environment.

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Artists and mental health: Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instill value, dignity and wellbeing in people. Alistair Gentry speaks to Curator Niamh White about how the project enables access to art and culture for people using secure and locked mental health services.

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Blog Post

Drawing with movement

Drawing with movement was our second session and we introduced it by looking at artists that use bodily movement to create drawings.  A record of an artists physical action. Susan Morris’ ‘Plumbline drawing’, her flicks of graphite covered thread on […]

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Research Working practice

Artists practising well

Nicola Naismith’s report, undertaken as part of her AHRC funded research supported by Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, is concerned with the issue of affective support that artists working in health care settings are currently able to access.

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Workshop One – Exploring the Flora

For our first Session, we had a lot of paperwork to get done and wanted to have a chilled out session, where new people could explore the farm surroundings and start to get to know each other. One of the […]

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Where research meets people

Balance is key when writing up a research study, deciding on what to include and what to leave out: how to communicate survey data, information from interviews and insights from existing literature and knowledge. It’s a complex and demanding job […]

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Sharing Ideas with Critical Care staff and patients

Last week I spent the day in critical care at James Cook University Hospital and presented the project to staff, patients and visitors. It was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and receive feedback on work in progress. There is […]

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Artists Practising Well Research Report

My Artists Practising Well research report, published on the the Robert Gordon University Open Air research repository, is now available to read and download. The research is focused on affective support for creative practitioners working in participatory arts for health […]

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Dwell Time at South Square Wellbeing Weekend

Dwell Time at South Square Wellbeing Weekend Excited to announce that Dwell Time will be at South Square Wellbeing Weekend with some copies of Issue 1 and inviting people to participate in interviews about mental wellbeing for Issue 2! South […]

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