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Drawing, health and wellbeing

Drawing can be used to learn, investigate, communicate, express and relieve suffering. It is used in a range of health and wellbeing contexts including the care of children with autism and people living with dementia, as a therapeutic activity in mental health settings, and as a form of mindfulness or meditation. Drawing is used as a method of communication between health professional and patient, helping to convey complex diagnostic information or illness experiences.

A Day of Drawing: exploring drawing as a method symposium | 29th March 10.00-5.00 Grand Parade, University of Brighton

The symposium A day of drawing: exploring drawing as method in research and practice took place on 29th March in Grand Parade, City Campus, Brighton. This event attracted an audience of  40 students, local artists and academics and featured: 1000 – 10.15      Philippa… Continue Reading →

The Orange Collective | creative approaches to wellbeing

The Orange Collective focuses on creative approaches to wellbeing for communities and individuals, involving artists and mental health practitioners. They offer workshops and training https://orangecollective.co.uk/workshops using the arts (drawing, storytelling, drama and dance), reflective practice and clinical supervision, plus bi-monthly… Continue Reading →

Draw Dancers

Draw Dancers is a series of charity fundraiser online life drawing classes, focussing on quick poses, gesture and movement. The next session is on 5th December and will be raising money for the Grassroots suicide prevention charity. Pay what you… Continue Reading →

Brighton & Hove Arts & Health network | December event

The network for Brighton & Hove based freelance artists and health practitioners working in the arts and health sector has its pre-Christmas meeting on 14th December, 10–12.00. It will involve networking, reflecting, planning for 2023 and a creative activity run by… Continue Reading →

Drawing and health publications news

Why should we turn to drawing to benefit our health or sustain our wellbeing? Philippa Lyon and University of Brighton PhD graduate, consultant educationalist and drawing researcher Curie Scott are editing a book that aims to investigate the research evidence… Continue Reading →

Drawing with plants

Wellbeing and healing through drawing with plants was the focus of a workshop run by Dr Edina Husanovic on 17th November 2022.  Edina shared the experience of creating a book of drawings with staff and students, using the dye garden… Continue Reading →

Alex Fitch reports on designing games packaging and raising money for LGBTQI+ groups in the Ukraine

A hobby I have outside of my research and teaching at the University is collecting old video games. Specifically, and this is something I started again during lockdown after a number of years, games for a pretty obscure games console… Continue Reading →

Report | Graphic Brighton, 27-28 May 2022

Co-organiser, Barbara Chamberlin, reports on the many successes of Graphic Brighton 2022 Graphic Brighton is a comics symposium that has run annually (aside from the pandemic) since 2014 and brings together comics creators, publishers, academics, students and the general public,… Continue Reading →

Work in Progress | Drawing Migrations

Visiting Research Fellow, Edina Husanovic, reports on the latest workshop for the Drawing Migrations project which took place on the 19 November 2021.   I’m currently working on the preliminary stages of a research project titled ‘Migration and Drawing’, which… Continue Reading →

Work in Progress | Alex Fitch – Researching the well-being of teen superhero comics

CAW PhD researcher, Alex Fitch, provides an update on his recent research and publications With 50% of my PhD research focussed on comic books – I am investigating “What can Sequential Art tell us about interactions with architecture that other… Continue Reading →

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