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 – Part I: Frames of reference explores how particular social, cultural, and political contexts have led to the discourses within practice; Part II: Models of practice gives accounts of current studio art therapy practice, describing rationale for working methods and providing a resource for practitioners; Part III: 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.

chapter |7 pages


ByChristopher Brown, Helen Omand

part I|89 pages

Frames of reference

chapter 1|13 pages

Historical perspectives

ByChristopher Brown, Helen Omand

chapter 2|13 pages

Literature review

ByHelen Omand, Dalaila Bumanglag

chapter 5|15 pages

Studio Upstairs

A working arts studio with a therapeutic concern – beginnings
ByClaire Manson, Douglas Gill, David Fried

chapter 6|9 pages

Art therapy in an art school

Learning through studio practice
ByPhilippa Brown

chapter 7|15 pages

Studio encounters

A personal view of shifting frames in art therapy
ByChristopher Brown

part II|76 pages

Models of practice

chapter 8|16 pages

The Community Table

Developing art therapy studios on, in-between, and across borders
ByBobby Lloyd, Miriam Usiskin

chapter 9|9 pages

Transitioning into visibility

Exhibiting art from a therapeutic group for the intended purpose of knowledge sharing, education, social action, and social change in a northern Canadian community
ByZoë Armstrong

chapter 10|7 pages

The wall inside

Painting with young offenders
ByBen Wakeling

chapter 11|8 pages


On being art focused
BySteve Pratt

chapter 12|14 pages

Making art alongside each other in a therapeutic art studio

Exploring the space between us
ByHelen Omand, Patsy McMahon

chapter 13|10 pages

Terms of engagement

Aspects of facilitating open art therapy groups for adults in a psychiatric inpatient setting
ByAnnamaria Cavaliero

chapter 14|10 pages

Family residential art therapy studio model

In discussion with a parent and member of the open-studio group
ByKristen Catchpole

part III|53 pages

Curating, exhibiting, and archiving

chapter 17|10 pages

Private to public

Exhibition in art therapy
ByMary Andrus

chapter 18|11 pages

Making space

Art, the studio, and exhibition in homelessness services
BySimon Richardson

chapter 19|13 pages

Reliquary for the departed

Archiving and collections
ByChristopher Brown, Helen Omand