An Introduction of Sorts or All Sorts of Introductions

Gilroy, Andrea; Linnell, Sheridan; McKenna, Tarquam and Westwood, Jill. 2019. An Introduction of Sorts or All Sorts of Introductions. In: Andrea Gilroy; Sheridan Linnell; Tarquam McKenna and Jill Westwood, eds. Art Therapy in Australia: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill | Sense, pp. 1-41. ISBN 9789004368262 [Book Section]

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This introduction to the book is co-authored by the editors. It sets out the focus of the book which is art therapy in Australia, exploring the themes of aesthetics and postcolonialism. It evolved through our unfolding relationships as art therapy educators in Australia and other parts of the world. It is a selective window, shaped by our partial and subjective viewpoints of what has become a diverse and changing field. It aims to embrace an ethics of difference that we consider central to the practice of art therapy in contemporary Australia. It weaves together various threads from art and aesthetics, historical legacies, indigenous perspectives, place and context. It aims to stir your interest, document practices, theories and histories and encourage further exploration of what this thing called art therapy is from another, Australian, perspective.

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Art Therapy, Australia, Postcolonial, Aesthetics, Art

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


1 December 2018Accepted
11 February 2019Published

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30 Jan 2019 10:01

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30 Jan 2019 13:23


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