UCL Grand Challenges


Colour and Emotion: a new measure of wellbeing

This project developed a creative, non-verbal way for people with communication difficulties to express their wellbeing in a way that could be recorded and understood by others.

Colour and Emotion

1 August 2016


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2016-17
Amount awarded: £4,000


Through co-creation workshops drawing on cross-disciplinary knowledge, a toolkit was developed, which could make a huge difference to people with communication difficulties such as stroke victims.

According to the project team,

Bringing together people with aphasia, artists, a social scientist and a speech and language therapist has been incredibly valuable to explore colour and emotion through a range of perspectives: aesthetic, sensory, imaginative and cognitive.

Outputs and Impacts

  • The toolkit is now being used on several hospital wards with children and several external partners have requested toolkits to use in their practice, including Headway London.
  • Colour & Emotion exhibition - Public exhibition, The Street Gallery, UCLH
  • Used as part of a MA Speech and Language Therapy dissertation project in 2018/19
  • Included in the MA Speech and Language Therapy course and in the Arts and Sciences (BASc) course