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C.reative Dialogues @ Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

04 March 2016

Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Engaging people who have multiple social and health needs through visual art.

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


C.reative Dialogues is an Arts in Health research project engaging people who have multiple social and health needs through a series of visual art workshops, culminating in dialogue & exhibitions in Spring 2016. Dr Simon Hackett, is Head Art Therapist on the project working with Fiona Fitzpatrick, HCPC Registered Art Therapist.

C.reative Dialogue 5 C’s: C.hoice, C.onnect, C.ollective, Commitment, C.ommunity, and C.hampions.

C.reative Dialogues engages people in ‘creative dialogues’ by using visual media and creative arts practice to support meaningful Patient and Public Engagement.

The project aims to culminate in the creation of a ‘community of interest champions’ for further collaborative projects.


Working with Newcastle University’s School of Art and Culture (SAC), the project engages participants in the production of high quality art, raising the public’s expectations of themselves and their achievements.

The project takes inspiration from the theory of ‘Recovery Capital’, a model used in recovery services research & practice. Focusing on ‘people’s ability to access key social, physical, human and cultural resources’.


C.reative Dialogue Partners: Newcastle University: Institute for Health & Society, School of Art and Culture SAC, The Institute for Creative Arts Practice, LifeWorkArt (LWA). Changing Lives: North Tyneside Recovery Partnership (NTRP):NHS, Turning Point.  Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM).

The project is funded by EngageFMS, the Faculty of Medical Sciences programme for patient and public engagement/involvement, and the Institute for Creative Arts Practice at Newcastle University.


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