arts and health psychology

Start Here: Art Thou Well?

“You should start a blog!” I was urged again this week; and this time I have!
Hello, and welcome to Art Thou Well. 

I am Dr Kat Taylor,  a clinical psychologist working in research and NHS clinical practice. My research explores links between arts, health and well-being. I am a Churchill Fellow 2017. I will explore arts and health initiatives in Finland and the USA. You can read more about my work here or on Twitter, and see a visual map of my Fellowship plans below.

This blog contains resources for arts, health and psychology, and will document my journey. It will also feature guest bloggers from other organisations and countries along the way.

Stay Involved with email updates here.

The story so far…

I have worked in research since 2006. Upon qualifying in 2013 I took an exciting post as a Lead Researcher on the Dementia and Imagination research programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Councils Connected Communities programme.

In 2015 the Journal of Affective Disorders published my research exploring the links between creativity and bipolar disorder (or manic depression as it used to be known). My work includes attending to the active ingredients that make arts based interventions successful.

My journey continues today in 2017 with a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, an apt route given Churchill himself experienced extremes of mood, which he called “the black dog.” Churchill was a very competent painter, and one who painted partly as a means of managing his own intense emotional life.

For 3 years I have worked for Arts for Health, at the School of Art at MMU. This blog will emphasise psychology, the arts, and humanity.  I sometimes experience a sense of awe and gratitude at the topics I am able to explore, and have lots of ideas for topics. Over the next few weeks I will be adding many useful resources and links; for now I am just getting going. I hope to provide an educational and inspiring mix of reports from my working life (and beyond). You can also expect posts on bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder aged 19 and you will find out more about what I think of this later.

Throughout 2017, I will visit Finland and the US to investigate arts and healthcare initiatives to inform those in the UK working in arts and health: ‘Arts and Healthcare Pioneers: Informing and Supporting Greater Manchester Devolution.’  I hope to blog little and often on a range of topics within the field of psychology and arts, from a clinical and research perspective. The first is longer due to an introduction!

You can expect posts on, for example:

– How The Arts Foster Wellbeing;
– Top Tips For Preparing Clinical Staff for Working in Arts-Based Ways
– Following my Churchill Fellowship journey.

Thanks for reading my introductory post.
You can read Episode 1 now: Begin in Paris in Spring.

What follows is an easy-read Infographic on my Churchill Fellowship.


Thanks for reading and lastly; get in touch! The Churchill Fellowship will allow me to travel and investigate arts and health initiatives; do you have an organisation I could visit? Or might you have a request for a blog topic? Stay Involved!

Future Posts:

Episode #1: Begin in Paris in Spring

Episode #2: an insight into an exhibition at Insitut Finlandais, Paris.

Creativity and bipolar disorder, by those with lived experience    |    @communikatt

Dementia and Imagination at Einstein's Garden, Green Man Festival, Wales

2 comments on “Start Here: Art Thou Well?

  1. Pingback: Dementia and Dancing Babies – Art Thou Well

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