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Jones, Kevin; Skaife, Sally (2009)
Publisher: Wiley Interscience
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: B990, L200, W213, X342
This paper discusses the politics and possibilities of linking the personal and\ud political with therapeutic and social transformation through a teaching method provided\ud in the art therapy training at Goldsmiths – the art therapy large group (ATLG). Three key\ud ideas of May ‘68 are related to the ATLG and their relevance to other psychotherapies and\ud psychotherapy trainings is considered. These ideas are: the importance of the ‘capitalist’\ud university as an essential terrain in the struggle for social change; the Atelier Populaire’s\ud use of art in an anti-capitalist critique of the commodifi cation of art and artist in society,\ud and the anti-imperialist character of the May events. These ideas are related to the theoretical\ud base of the ATLG in the large verbal group literature, Performance Art and to the\ud wide international membership of the ATLG, creating a forum for engaging with global\ud issues. To illustrate these points, we give an example of the interface of the political and\ud the impact of a real event – the university lecturers’ strike in 2006 – and the learning that\ud took place in relation to this through the ATLG. We conclude that through a critical engagement\ud with the university within the global terrain of contemporary neoliberalism, the ATLG\ud provides a territory that can integrate the political and therapeutic in arts / psychotherapy\ud trainings; provide a critique and alternative to the commodifi cation of art and artist and\ud engage with issues of difference in the globalized market place. The ATLG prepares the\ud artist / student / therapist / worker to critically engage in the personal and social transformation\ud of the politics of art and psychotherapy provision in the public, private and voluntary\ud sectors.

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