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Challenging Certainties…Corrina Eastwood at Attachment & Arts Conference (2021)

30 July 2021

Corrina Eastwood presenting “Challenging Certainties: Art based intersectional self-reflexivity and finding reconnection post Covid” at the 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference on 20th November…

Intersectional thinking guides us to embrace understandings of a world of entanglements rather than separations. It encourages considerations of identity and the relational nature of power, privileging the voices of marginalised communities, calling for social justice. As arts therapists the advocating of systems thinking to enhance understanding of the complexities of the human experiences of ourselves, our clients, trainees and colleagues, in some ways feels to complicate that which we seek to clarify. This can correspond well with our need as arts therapists to tolerate the ambiguity of practice. Intersectionality does not provide certainty, instead it challenges it.

Corrina Eastwood

Corrina Eastwood is an artist, art psychotherapist, lecturer, writer and activist. She is a Romani woman and has been prompted by personal experiences of marginalisation and oppression felt at the intersect of being both GRT (Gypsy Romani Traveller) and a woman, to develop an interest in the privileging of marginalised voices and the challenging of social disparities and normative power, through art, art therapy practice, activism and education.

Corrina has been a practicing artist for over 25 years working as a painter, with film and more recently with sculptural form and found objects. Following completion of her BA hons in Fine Art Painting in 2000, Corrina went on to complete her MA in Art Psychotherapy and work in a range of third sector settings and in private practice. This has included women’s charities with survivors of domestic abuse and violence, with adults experiencing homelessness and addiction issues, in therapeutic communities, in medium secure wards working with women with personality disorder diagnosis, and in children’s charities where she managed several therapeutic services within schools.

In 2012 she co-founded the intersectional feminist arts organization Sweet ‘Art and in 2015 founded feminist art therapy charity Outskirts. She currently works as a supervisor and lecturer specializing in practicing from psychodynamic foundations, integrating intersectional and feminist perspectives, exploring identity and difference, and raising a consciousness in practitioners surrounding issues of power, privilege, and prejudice in art therapy practice. Corrina currently has a publishing contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers and is in the process of completing the co-editing of her first book titled ‘Intersectionality in the Arts Psychotherapies’ due to be published in Jan 2022. Following the publication of her most recent peer reviewed article ‘White Privilege in Art Therapy In The UK: Are we doing work?’ Corrina has become Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor for the International Journal of Art Therapy and will be co guest editing a multi journal collaborative special issue exploring Intersectionality, Cultural Humility, Anti-Colonial and Re-indigenization of art therapy practice.

She has exhibited her art works extensively both in the UK and internationally. 'Lines in the Sand' Corrina's first short film as both co director and writer previewed at Cannes film festival 2012 and was also selected for Raindance film festival in the same year. Her short documentary ‘The Baby and the Snake’ which was completed in 2017, explores patriarchal roles within Romani Gypsy culture and the impact of social exclusion and racism on her community. The film won Best Documentary in the London Independent Film Awards in 2018. Corrina has also recently been selected to be one of two commissioned artists as part of the arts council funded Gypsy Maker 5 Exhibitions, curated by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company.

Art based self-reflexivity and explorations of Romani identity, sexuality, gender, culture and trans and intergenerational trauma have been the focus of Corrina’s art practice for some time and have heavily influenced her approach to therapeutic practice and teaching.

The 2021 Attachment & the Arts conference will be held on Saturday 20th November 2021 online as a zoom event.  

For more information and conference booking please click here

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