Activity: Visiting an external institution › Visiting an external academic institution
Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts, New York
Guest lecturer for art therapy post-graduate students from Crawford College of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts New York. The lecture and workshop, entitled Physical Graffiti, examined the art therapy studio in the world-at-large and the significance of protest as a means of therapeutic catharsis.
Graffiti is an artistic enterprise, claiming territory and making impressions upon the scenes where people live out their lives. As a form of public art, “it is the strength of feeling that these artworks engender that is so enrapturing” (John Fekner, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti).
The lecture and workshops challenged art therapy trainees to act out in public places. Protest can be a therapeutic imperative to declare one's rights to civic dialogue regarding issues which encompass the personal and political.