Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy

Brown, Christopher and Omand, Helen, eds. 2022. Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367558932 [Edited Book]

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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.

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"This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy on 24 March 2022, available online:”


studios; studio art therapy; community art studio; Adamson; open studio; open studio groups

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


24 March 2022

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15 Jul 2022 13:12

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16 Jul 2022 17:12


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