Mental health, the arts and belongings
Author: Parr, Hester
Source: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 31, Number 2, June 2006 , pp. 150-166(17)
Abstract:This paper explores how and whether people with severe and enduring mental health problems experience belonging through their participation in a range of contemporary artistic practices and spaces. The paper draws on qualitative evidence from in-depth interviews with artists in two Scottish community arts-for-mental-health projects in order to show how such spaces engender geographies of creative recovery, social connectedness and cultural inclusivity. Set against a history of insane ‘outsider art’ and art therapy, ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ positions in relation to the supposedly inclusive cultural city are critically examined. Experiences of artistic belongings are shown as ones constituted by ambiguous and contingent social processes that only partially disrupt ascriptions of difference.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, Email: H.Parr@dundee.ac.uk
Publication date: June 1, 2006