Six toolkits for artists working in critical care and outreach

These toolkits have been prepared by artists based in the UK who are working in therapeutic and criminal justice institutions. They will help you think more critically about the relationship between art and rehabilitation, challenge current conventions and improve your practice.

The “Other” and the Mental Health History of Practitioners

This tool kit aims to examine the pros and cons of practitioners having personal experience of the issues they are working with. In particular, it will look at how we deal with the practitioner or participant being seen as the “other”, and reducing an “us and them” mentality.

Artists vs Art Therapists

This tool kit will help us to weigh up the pros and cons of employing either an artist or an art therapist within rehabilitative art projects, and find out what we can learn from each other’s approaches.

Providing and Promoting Social Inclusion: One in the Same? ​

Providing social inclusion for individuals and promoting social inclusion to the public are two separate aims. This tool kit invites us to consider where these aims can go hand in hand and where they might conflict.

Criticality and Evaluation within a Culture of Optimism

This tool kit looks at how current evaluation processes may hinder the critical reflection needed to improve practice in the field. It will ask how it might be possible to be both inclusive and critical. 

The Role of Art Practitioners’ Own Art Practice

This tool kit seeks to examine the relationship between art practitioners’ personal art practice and their outreach art

practice [i.e. community projects, gallery education, art and health, etc]. It will look at the issue of maintaining creative
autonomy for artists and participants within rehabilitative settings, where the key concern may not be artistic quality.

The Role of Art Institutions in Art Outreach

With a large proportion of social art projects being funded via galleries and museums, this tool kit helps us to examine the affect these institutions may have on such projects It will allow us to explore conflicts of interest that may arise when working with institutions, identify good models for this relationship, and explore alternative ways of

delivering such projects.