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The City of Broken Dreams @ BALTIC

02 March 2016

Art Therapy in Galleries & Museums: Exploring the possibilities of a contemporary art gallery as an inspiring context for art therapy with young people.

For the first ever National Museums and Wellbeing Week (29 February - 6 March 2016) BAAT are celebrating Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries...


The City of Broken Dreams is part of a new art therapy project involving the Northumberland and Newcastle Gateshead Children and young Peoples’ Services and BALTIC.



BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England. BALTIC has gained an international reputation for its commissioning of cutting-edge temporary exhibitions. It presents a distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation and commissioning of contemporary visual art. Housed in a landmark ex-industrial building, BALTIC is the UK's largest dedicated contemporary art institution.


This project explored the possibilities of a contemporary art gallery as an inspiring context for art therapy.

Working alongside a BALTIC artist and two art therapists, seven young people explored their thoughts and feelings inspired by Fiona Tan’s exhibition DEPOT at BALTIC.



Selected feedback from the young people and their parents/carers included:
“A tremendous release”
“Getting out of your comfort zone: doing something to help yourself”
“I think it was good (my daughter) was able to express herself better through art”
“(my daughter) got other people to talk to who were going through the same thing” Art Therapists: Whittaker Scott and Michael Fischer
Artist: Leslie-anne Rose


Art Therapy in Museums & Galleries:

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