Artwork has lengthy been used as a type of expression, typically giving a peek into the artist’s deepest ideas and emotions. The advantages from this type of expression have led to the event of artwork remedy within the Nineteen Forties. Since then, the observe has gained reputation and has been built-in into medical remedies globally. Usually performed in group settings, artwork remedy permits people to specific and share their ideas and emotions by a artistic outlet. This observe has been supplied in varied locations akin to hospitals, clinics, care centres, colleges, and most just lately museums.
The Trauma and Psychological Well being Report interviewed Elisabeth Ioannides, an artwork therapist and schooling curator on the Nationwide Museum of Up to date Artwork Athens (EMST). She is a member of a number of artwork remedy associations such because the European Federation of Artwork Remedy (EFAT), and has accomplished analysis on the influence of museum environments on artwork remedy. She was additionally a part of the pilot program, “Exploring the Museum’s Picture – Exploring My Picture”, introducing artwork remedy into EMST in 2017.
The EMST museum in Athens is without doubt one of the rising variety of museums placing artwork remedy applications into their areas. Another applications embrace the “Clever: Artwork remedy and Dementia” program in Australia and the “Artwork Remedy and Well being” program in Canada. With the recognition of those applications rising, BAAT based the “Artwork Remedy in Museums and Galleries” (ATMAG). ATMAG is an expert community for artwork therapists excited by delivering artwork remedy in museums and galleries. Ioannides explains that whereas there are a lot of applications globally, most focus round a particular inhabitants, like dementia, most cancers, and psychological well being issues. This system at EMST is open to the general public.
This system supplied at EMST is delivered by an artwork therapist and museum educator who work collectively to supply new approaches to artwork remedy. Utilizing their collections, just like the “Fashionable Love: Love within the Years of Chilly Intimacy” exhibit, the therapist guides shoppers by a mirrored image and dialogue about emotions introduced on by the museum’s assortment. They’re then guided into expressing these feelings into their very own art work. Impressed by the museum’s assortment, shoppers are in a position to uncover emotions inside themselves they might not have been conscious of.
Ioannides shares the significance of getting an open and cozy atmosphere when exploring one’s feelings, and that museums provide a naturally therapeutic atmosphere. In distinction, medical settings could really feel synthetic, which doesn’t give rise to an open and relaxed state. With the ability to observe the shopper work together with the artwork and atmosphere round them could be useful.
The Nationwide Museum of Up to date Artwork Athens has a singular analysis workshop they’re operating for the second 12 months. Their art-based analysis artwork psychotherapy workshop, carried out and created by Maria Konti, goals to construct upon earlier analysis in hopes to higher the artwork remedy observe. With additional analysis and the enlargement of present artwork remedy applications there will likely be extra alternatives to implement the observe in varied settings. This will open doorways to discover extra methods to heal in a artistic approach.
-Autumn Bakhsh-Livingston, Contributing Author