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. 

My name is Kat Taylor and I’m a clinical psychologist working in research and NHS clinical practice (CAMHS and Child & Family Psychology Services). This blog began as way to reflect on, document and share my 2017 Churchill Fellowship, which enabled me to explore arts and health initiatives in Finland and the USA, with the aim of supporting similar progression back in the UK. Upon returning, I joined the Greater Manchester iTHRIVE team as Arts and Mental Health Innovation Programme Manager.

As a researcher I have explored links between arts, health and well-being. This blog contains resources for culture and the arts, health and psychology, with particular focus on dementia and the arts (where this journey began) and on the role of culture and the arts in fostering child, family and community wellbeing.

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.

This research continued 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.

Between 2012 an 2017 I worked for Arts for Health, at the School of Art at MMU. I hope to provide an educational and inspiring mix of reports from my working life (and beyond).

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
– How Greater Manchester ITHRIVE team Hopes Culture and the Arts Can Innovate Services

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.

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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

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Dementia and Imagination at Einstein's Garden, Green Man Festival, Wales
http://www.greenman.net/explore/areas/einsteins-garden/

2 comments on “Start Here: Art Thou Well?

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

  2. Pingback: What is a Churchill Travelling Fellowship and what does it have to do with bipolar disorder? – Art Thou Well

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