Women in Art ~ Day 7 ~ Art Therapy and Women’s Aid

Art Therapy 

My final post of the week is different in that I am exploring art in a therapeutic way as well as aesthetically.  Today it is not about talent, but about how art can help people effect change and grow on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.  I know from a personal perspective, I enjoy art and although not a talented artist myself feel the therapeutic benefits of enjoying it.


A little more about Art Therapy from The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication.

Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client’s image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. (BAOT)

..and of course I have to add a ”women” element, so an example of where Art therapy is used and very local to myself is North Derbyshire Women’s aid which is a charity that exists for the benefit of women and children who experience abuse within a domestic relationship.

Here is the link to the Art Therapy info page  http://www.ndwa.org.uk/art-therapy/

”Everyone has the right to live their life free from fear, violence and abuse. Sometimes it is difficult to know what is happening and you can feel confused and unsure about whether you are in an abusive relationship and the options available to you. You may feel frightened, humiliated and isolated…”  (NDWA)

Over in Australia, Art therapy aids trauma recovery…

Please click the picture to see more of this story and more information about this kind of therapy can be found on this blog here http://www.arttherapyblog.com


Click the pic for the story!


I hope you have enjoyed my ”Women in art” week!



A week of women in art ~ Day 1 – Helen Galloway McNicoll (1879-1915)

This week I thought I would introduce an art theme to my blog. Each day I will post something about women portrayed in art and/or female artists.  I hope you enjoy and as always I welcome your comments and any suggestions for a post of this theme.


Helen Galloway McNicoll


Helen Galloway McNicoll – Self Portrait


Helen Galloway McNicoll  was a Canadian impressionist painter and I have had the pleasure of seeing some of her work in the McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada while I was visiting Ontario a few years ago.  This visit really piqued my interest in art and especially the Canadian landscape artists known as ”The group of seven”.  I will save that for another post as this week is all about women!

Helen  was born in Toronto and moved to England in 1902 to study at the Slade School.  She was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She became deaf in childhood as a result of scarlet fever and upon her death at the age of 36 from complications of diabetes, her obituary described her as ”one of the most profoundly original and technically accomplished of the Canadian artists”  (Wahooart.com).


In the shadows of a tree


The Victorian dress


The open door


Under the shadow of the tent

The Chintz Sofa13

The chintz sofa

I just love the way she portrays tranquility in her art, especially in her portrayal of women. I also love the capture of sunlight in her paintings.

I hope you have enjoyed a little art culture today.  Happy Sunday!