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Taking a long look at Art: Reflections on the context of production and consumption of art in Art Therapy

Gilroy, Andrea. 2014. Taking a long look at Art: Reflections on the context of production and consumption of art in Art Therapy. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 5(2), pp. 1-36. ISSN 2044-7221 [Article]

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This paper draws on experiences of looking at art to consider the influence of social context on the production and consumption of art in art therapy. I draw on art historical discourses to explore the experience and relate this to looking at art in art therapy. I suggest that professional socialisation profoundly influences how art therapists look and think about what they see. I propose that attention to our tacit knowledge about art, extending art therapy’s practices of looking to include contemporary discourse about audiencing, curating and display, and that taking time for a long look at art and at the art made in art therapy, can enliven and sustain art therapy’s unique ways of seeing.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

social context; art therapy; art history; professional socialisation.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2014Published

Item ID:

113

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2007 14:07

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 09:36

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/113

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