** This library will grow over the coming weeks… **

Arts and Health Resources

Arts for Health Manchester Director Clive Parkinson’s excellent weekly blog rounds up the latest news from the arts and health world:

Dementia and Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Programmes

Report by Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt of Arts for Health: Exploring the Longitudinal Relationship Between Arts Engagement and Health 

Coming soon: K. Taylor A Metasynthesis Reviewing 27 Studies on the Role of the Arts in Mental Health Recovery

Center for Arts in Medicine provide a comprehensive Research Database
Ziggy’s Wish are a small team of specialists, that brings together larger teams of professionals,
in order to help overcome the challenges that occur when:
you have important issues on one hand,
a lack of understanding on the other, and
barriers to conversation in between.

Recommended Books:

Baker, Bobby (2010) Diary Drawings Profile Books London.

Berger, J. (1972) Ways Of Seeing Penguin Books London.

Koestler, Arthur (1964) The Act of Creation Hutchinson & Co. London.

De Botton, A., & Armstrong, J. (2016) Art As Therapy Phaidon Press.

Malchodi, C (ed) (2005) Expressive Therapies Guilford Press New York.

Read, Herbert (1943) Art As Education Faber and Faber London.

Online Resources:

The Art of Wellness: online course on Visual Arts and Health

Alain de Botton on Art as Therapy:

Free Introduction to Art Therapy:

Antonio Damasio, M.D., is a professor of neuroscience and the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

Arts and Dementia 


Bartlett, R. (2010) Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards Social Citizenship The Policy Press Bristol.

Killick, J. & Craig, C. (2012) Creativity and Communication in Persons with Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London.

Killick, J., Allan, K., Lang, R., Zoutewell-Morris, S., Hodge, N., Cameron, I. (2012) Playfulness in Dementia: A Practical Guide Jessica Kingsley Publishers London & Philadelphia.

Kitwood, T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First Open University Press Philadelphia. A SEMINAL TEXT ON DEMENTIA.

Rosenberg, Parsa, Humble, & McGee (2009) Meet Me: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia The Museum of Modern Art New York.

Online Resources

Insightful Guardian article in Science and Technology on new Wellcome Trust Hub project Created Out Of Mind

Bipolar Disorders

Recommended Books

Caramangno, Thomas C. (1992) The Flight of The Mind: Virgina Woolf’s Manic Depressive Illness University of California Press.

Fieve, Ronald R. (2006) Bipolar II Holtzbrinck Publishers.

Jamison, Kay Redfield (1992) Touched with Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament Free Press Paperbacks.

Whybrow, Peter C. (1995 & 2015) A Mood Apart Original Henry Holt. New Edition Basic Books (2015).

Recommended Blogs

Coming soon!

More Psychology

Recommended Books

Bentall, R.P. (2003) Madness Explained Penguin Books London.

French, Smith, Sheers, Reed and Rayne (2010) Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis Blackwell Publishing London.

Gladwell, Malcolm (2005) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Penguin Books London and NY.

Jung, Carl (1967) The Spirit in Man, Art and Literature Routledge London.

Lao-Tzu (1993 Edition – ancient Chinese text) translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo Tao Te Ching Hackett Publishing Company Indiana & Cambridge

Perry, Philippa Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy (2010) Palgrave MacMillan UK & New York.

Sacks, Oliver (2011) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

Sacks, Oliver ANY OF HIS BOOKS:
An Anthropologist on Mars
A Leg To Stand On 
Seeing Voices
An Island of the Colourblind
Uncle Tungstun
Oaxaca Journal
The Mind’s Eye

Storr, Anthony (1992) Music and the Mind Harper Collins.

Tan, S., Pfordresher, P., Harre, R. (2010) Psychology of Music; From Sound to Significance Psychology Press New York.

Yalom, Irvine D. (1999) Momma and the Meaning of Life Basic Books US & London

Yalom, Irvine ANY OF HIS BOOKS:
Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
Staring at the Sun

The Gift of Therapy
Existential Psychotherapy
Every Day Gets a Little Closer
Encounter Groups: First Facts
Inpatient Group Psychotherapy
The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
When Nietzsche Wept
Lying on the Couch

Recommended Websites and Blogs

Coming soon!

Raising Awareness

Films made by Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital to raise awareness among staff about Dementia.

Finally… Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships

The WCMT funds UK citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.


For Arts and Health resources, check out the Resources and More Resources Pages where you will find an ever-growing library of links, resources, research and other relevant blogs.


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