This site makes use of cookies to help improve our understanding of how you use the site.

Installation as shelter: Considering materiality in art therapy practice... Bobby Lloyd at the International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference

03 May 2019

“In this complex world impacted by urgent political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental issues, I am looking forward to exchanging ideas and learning with art therapist colleagues working in their specific contexts around the world, and finding meeting places and new ideas for our collective work.” Bobby Lloyd on the Inaugural Conference in July...


Bobby Lloyd, with Miriam Usiskin, will challenge the ubiquity of traditional materials and art media in contemporary art therapy practice. Examining our own relationships to materials and media is one way we can attune to a diversity of cultures and contexts, so that those we work with are better able to relate to the material and visually articulate what they may need.

This requires our deep attention as artists. The range of environments art therapists work in is expanding in an ever complex, global world, into new, more uncertain, fragile places. The goal is to challenge participants to think in ethical and imaginative ways about materials and media in context. It will focus as case material on art installation in a radical art therapy practice with people in transit on the France-UK border.

The approach will be a mixture of case material, experiential art-making and discussion underpinned by psychodynamic, systemic and psychosocial thinking.


Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, art therapist, supervisor, writer and educator based in London. She has collaborated over many years with other artists, art therapists, activists and academics. As CEO of the charity Art Refuge UK, she has led its project on the France-UK border at Calais since 2015. Her specialist focus is on refugees, displacement, groups and social change developed since the early 1990’s in the UK and internationally.    

The International Art Therapy Practice/Research Conference will be held on 11-13 July 2019 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London.

For more information and conference booking please click here

You can also follow the conference on Twitter using #ArtTherapyIntConf