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'Tomorrow We Make It Better’: An Art Therapist’s Reflection On A Community Mural In A Refugee Camp In Greece

06 October 2019

This article by Emily Hollingsbee was an Essay Prize Runner-up. The essay is an art therapist’s reflection on a community mural co-facilitated by a team of art therapists in a refugee camp in Greece.

The paper will examine a ‘psychosocial’ approach within art therapy, whereby the psychological and social needs of a person/s are considered, it will also discuss ideas on working outside the art therapy room and theories relating to the healing elements in a therapeutic art making process.

A vignette will describe the personal experiences of an art therapist facilitating a mural within a refugee camp in Greece. The paper will then discuss the possible therapeutic value of the mural, and the benefits of art therapist facilitated community art making that could be drawn from the vignette.

The paper will conclude that further research is needed into art therapist facilitated community murals to enhance the discussion and that it would benefit from participant’s voices to understand how they experience the practice and to determine any therapeutic value. The paper implies that community murals are a relevant practice to consider within the scope of the art therapy profession and that within a similar framework it can be employed to address the psychological and social needs of a displaced community.


This article by Emily Hollingsbee has been published online here

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