How to view art: A therapeutic approach

There’s a distinct pleasure to be found in the arrangements of objects, colours, textures, ideas, and space. This is nothing new – Kettle’s Yard is an iconic example of how arrangements and collections of paraphernalia serve for positive or helpful mental functions.

A few years ago I went to a Mona Hatoum exhibition at the Tate Modern.

I wrote a lot in my notebook. At the time I was in the midst of an acute emotional (not mental illness related, I might add) crisis and was finding solace in nothing, but this exhibition – particularly its sculptural installations – offered me some kind of mental balm…

Fandom – An Engagement Strategy

Sometime around 2011 I became aware of Tavi Gevinson’s teenage blog ‘Rookie’. She spoke about something called ‘fandom’… and it turned out this was a concept I was already exploring in a kind of anthropological way, through making art and writing, but also as an observer of fan cultures.

Learning and Engagement – Activated

What if Learning and Engagement strategies went beyond fun, educational days out and membership clubs, and actually asked us to add to the conservation cause by learning with effect?