Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


The Spaces Between: Equity, Voice, Agency and Care Practices Involving the Arts and Arts Therapies

03 November 2022, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm

close up of woven fabric, photo by Kaz Madigan

Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar Series, with Dr Nisha Sajnani, NYU Steinhardt, USA

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Javiera Sandoval Limari

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Childhood/children as researchers: agency, voice and wellbeing
Professor Phil Jones, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society

This presentation will explore the relationships between child rights, voice and research concerning children’s experiences of social exclusion and wellbeing. It will include research involving children as researchers into their own lives and connect this with debates drawing on the new sociology of childhood’s concepts of childhood as constructed and contextual.

Co-creative photographic practice as a communication tool
Dr Deborah Padfield, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

This presentation will share the aims, methodologies and outcomes of several projects in the UK and India exploring the value of images and image-making processes to the assessment and management of chronic pain. The projects explore ways in which co-created photographs of pain placed between patient and healthcare professional can trigger more negotiated dialogue in the consulting room and increase understanding between those living with and those witnessing pain. It will also invite discussion and feedback around the potential or not of co-creating a transcultural set of images or PAIN CARDS.

Arts, indigenous healing and community health development in Ghana:
The ‘Tsui Anaa’ (Take Heart) Project
Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL

Tsui Anaa is a community based chronic care project in Ga Mashie, Accra that I’ve lead for ten years – we have incorporated arts based methods in community engagement, and illness management (for a patient support group), and working with children living in households affected by chronic illness. Ga Mashie also has a strong tradition of indigenous healing arts, that is tied to cultural identities, imaginaries of healing and health-seeking practices. I will speak to the intersection of arts, indigenous healing arts and community health development in Ghanaian settings, using the Tsui Anaa Project as a case study.

Part of the seminar series, The Spaces Between: Equity, Voice, Agency and Care Practices Involving the Arts and Arts Therapies

Photo by Kaz Madigan