Observances: Art as an Answer Gallery, 24th Annual Conference, Arts Therapies Today: Arts Therapies in Education, Medicine and Social Sphere

Pamela Whitaker (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

I submitted two photographs to an online conference exhibition entitled Art as an Answer. The online exhibition included artworks by arts therapists and artists on the theme of resiliency within COVID-19.

Conference Title Arts Therapies Today: Arts Therapies in Education, Medicine and Social Sphere

Organisers St.-Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Training, National Association for the Development of Art Therapy Science and Practice, Russian Art Therapy Association International Art Therapy School, St. Petersburg Art Therapy Centre


The description of the conference exhibition is as follows:

"During 2020, we all faced the challenge of a pandemic, serious changes in the usual way of life, tense social situations and other difficulties. Each of us tried to cope with them in his own way, but turning to art and creativity are the ways of personal adaptation that are characteristic of our arts therapeutic community. We help ourselves and others cope with life's trials and ailments by tapping into the healing potential of art.

This virtual exhibition presents the creations of art therapists from different countries, made during 2020 - 2021, reflecting their characteristic ways and forms of creative personal adaptation in the current situation. Thanks to the organization of such an exhibition, we can support and enrich each other, assert a creative attitude towards life, the poietic stance in the world, as one of the fundamental principles.The title of the photographs were Observances "Along my route they were in memoriam, as a display within trees. A message was attached, and although faded it evoked a tribute. A gathering of consolation within flower collections. There was ceremony and intention.The significance of viewing a testimonial and a remembering. A celebration of life and a commemorative offering. Witnessing a sanctum both personal and readily available" (https://artterapia.ru/gallery_eng)
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021
EventArts Therapies Today: Art Therapies in Education, Medicine and the Social Sphere : 24th Annual Conference, St. Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Training and International Art Therapy School - St. Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Training Online Conference , St. Petersburg , Russian Federation
Duration: 7 May 20218 May 2021
https://artterapia.ru/conference_24th

Bibliographical note

Pamela Whitaker is a lecturer and course director of the MSc Art Psychotherapy course at Ulster University, Belfast School of Art.

Keywords

  • Art Therapy
  • Virtual Exhibition
  • Creative Responses to COVID 19
  • Art and Poetry in Response to COVID 19

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