Combat Stress @ The Lighbox
01 March 2016
For Museums and Wellbeing Week BAAT are celebrating Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries. Combat Stress is running a bespoke art therapy admission for a small group of veterans. As part of this, they are participating in gallery-led workshops at The Lightbox, Woking.
For the first ever National Museums and Wellbeing Week (29 February - 6 March 2016) BAAT are celebrating Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries...
Combat Stress is running a bespoke art therapy admission for a small group of veterans. As part of this, they are participating in gallery-led workshops at The Lightbox, Woking. These are associated with a John Constable exhibition 'Observing the Weather'. The overall aim of the art therapy groups in the veterans' two week, inpatient admission has been to explore the interplay between inner and outer landscapes. The art therapy groups have had themes such as 'Frozen', which had a resonance with the stuckness of trauma memories.
Constable's Seascape Study with Rain Cloud c.1824
Today the group are creating 3D landscapes out of wood and other materials, using textures to add a further sensory dimension to the work. This will offer new perspectives to explore.
The workshops have been tailor-made for our group following an initial meeting between Lightbox staff and Jan Lobban, the Art Therapist. As well as opening creative opportunities for the veterans within a cultural context, visiting the gallery presents challenges for those who are socially isolated, hypervigilant and avoidant of public places. Consequently, wider benefits of the project are increasing distress tolerance and overcoming experiential avoidance.