Slade School of Fine Art



The Spaces Between Seminar - online, 3 November

The Spaces Between Seminar - online, 3 November

Deborah Padfield is speaking at The Spaces Between: Equity, Voice, Agency, and Care Practices Involving the Arts and Arts Therapies at 12:00-13:15 (GMT) on 3 November 2022. The seminar will take place via Zoom:


Welcome and Introduction to the seminar series Dr Nisha Sajnani, NYU Steinhardt and Professor Phil Jones, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society

Childhood/children as researchers: agency, voice and wellbeing

Professor Phil Jones, Professor of Children’s Rights and Wellbeing, Department of Learning and Leadership. IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society

This presentation will explore the relationships between child rights, voice, agency and research concerning children’s experiences of social exclusion and wellbeing. It will include research involving children as researchers or co-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, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Research and Practice, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and Senior Lecturer in Arts & Health Humanities, St George’s, University of London

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 viability of co-creating a transcultural set of images.

Arts, indigenous healing and community health development in Ghana: the ‘Tsui Anaa’ (Take Heart) Project

Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins, ​British Academy Global Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL

Tsui Anaa is a community based chronic care project in Ga Mashie, Accra that has incorporated arts-based methods in community engagement, illness management (for a patient support group), and group activities with children living in households affected by chronic illness. Ga Mashie 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 and community health development in Ghanaian settings, using the Tsui Anaa Project as a case study.

Posted Tuesday, 18th October 2022 00:00