The art work shown in this film emerged from a closed interactive-style experiential art group which met for 16 hours over an eight-week period. Facilitated by a registered art therapist (who is also trained in social science research methods), the group utilised techniques from analytic art psychotherapy. In terms of the overarching research aims of the project, women were active in the production of collective knowledge, as well as active in interrogating their own, very particular, feelings about the process of ageing. This included examining their feelings about media and cultural representations of ageing women. One of the benefits of participation may be heightened self-consciousness, but participation potentially involved more than mere self-reflection, as through the process of art-making participants are arguably constituting and re-constituting themselves as part of the process.

Workshop using an Art Therapy approach facilitated by Susan Hogan

See the Art-Therapy workshop page for more information.