A Critical Anatomy of the Therapeutic Art Museum

McKane, Antoinette (2015) A Critical Anatomy of the Therapeutic Art Museum. In: Eight International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 7 - 9 August 2015, National Science Museum, New Delhi. (Unpublished)

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The ability of museums to positively impact mental health and wellbeing has been firmly established in research and practice over the past decade. With personal expressiveness, improved communication and social skills, increased self-esteem and emotional resilience, strengthened relationships, and even prolonged lives, among the results that have been attributed to the arts in mental health care, it is clear that art museums have particularly powerful therapeutic potential. This paper introduces Tate Liverpool as case study of the therapeutic art museum, exploring the museum’s long-standing partnership with Merseycare, the National Health Service’s mental health care provider in North West England. Drawing on original research undertaken in collaboration with Tate Liverpool’s Learning department, Merseycare occupational therapists and freelance artist-educators, the paper critically assesses Tate Liverpool’s practice as a therapeutic art museum at three levels. Firstly, the paper discusses the training provided by Tate Liverpool to occupational therapists, artists, and other professionals working in mental health care. Secondly, the paper examines the outreach provision that Tate Liverpool offers in Merseycare’s inpatient mental health units. Finally, the paper explores in-house provision for community mental health service users at Tate Liverpool.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Fine and Applied Art (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Antoinette McKane
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 14:28
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1325

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