• Project wins funding to tackle depression through arts

    A pioneering project led by Edge Hill University and developed in collaboration with the University of Salford, which uses the arts to tackle depression, has been awarded new funding to scale up across the North West of England.  Arts for the Blues is a collaborative research project between artists, therapists, universities, NHS trusts and cultural […]

  • Healing Arts New York

    In November 2021, The Arts for the Blues project was featured at the Healing Arts New York symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exciting event showcased arts and wellbeing projects around the world, including the Art for the Blues. Watch the video, shown as part of the event at The Met and online, […]

  • Training day event

    16 January 2021 This weekend we had such an inspiring day with a wonderful group of therapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, who together explored the creative possibilities for online delivery of the Arts for the Blues model.  We are so thankful to connect with everyone.  Here are some of the creative outputs from the day!  […]

  • Release of a new Arts for the Blues publication!

    The Arts for the Blues team are delighted to announce their third publication which presents the twelve session creative psychotherapy model for depression This article details the approach taken by the team to inform the model and presents the eight key ingredients that underpin the therapy.  Omylinska-Thurston, J., Karkou, V., Parsons, A.S., Nair, K., Haslam, […]

  • Release of manuals and findings: therapeutic dance interventions for breast cancer

    Dancing with Health is multi-site pilot study that aimed to evaluate a sixteen week dance programme for women in recovery from breast cancer across five European countries. Edge Hill University led the UK pilot which was delivered over 2019-2020. The study has now released two manuals on it’s website www.dancing-health.eu, which cover the rationale, design, delivery protocols […]

  • Autistic children benefit from dance movement psychotherapy

    Dr Supritha Aithal recently completed her doctoral degree at Edge Hill University. More details of her work with associated publications can be accessed in the project section of this website https://sites.edgehill.ac.uk/rcaw/research-projects/children-and-families/

  • E-Arts for Covid Blues: online workshop

    ESRC Festival of Social Science Tuesday 10 November 2020 Covid-19 and lockdown have affected people psychologically in different ways such as struggling with stress, anxiety, depression and loss. In response, the Arts for the Blues team are offering a free online creative psychological therapeutic session for working with these problems, as part of the ESRC […]

  • Engage: Performance and the Maternal

    Engage: Performance and the Maternal

    We invite you to join ENGAGE….conversations conceived across performance studies and the maternal. A series of online forums which consider, through different artistic and academic perspectives, how maternal performance helps us to understand the lived condition of motherhood. Each forum responds to a themed-provocation (question) and features a panel of guest speakers plus a Q & A. […]

  • Arts and Therapy in the Time of the Pandemic

    From Thursday 18th June 2020 In collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University, a series of presentations, panel discussions and workshops will be recorded and showcased online, exploring the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the 2020 pandemic . Guest speakers and panelists […]

  • Creative Resilience and going OFFLine during Lockdown

    As part of Voluntary Arts’ Creative Network, I was recently invited to talk with Nick Ewbank, Chair of ISR’s External Advisory Group, about everyday creativity in the context of the response to COVID-19. In particular, we were looking at David Gauntlett’s definition and how he emphasises the idea of ‘making is connecting’, and advocates the importance of […]