Pamela Whitaker
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  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom


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Research Interests

Art Therapy and Social Engagement 

Art Therapy and Contemporary Art 

Cultural Practice Art Therapy: Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Festivals

Festival Art Therapy 

Performance Art and Art Therapy 

Art Installations as Therapeutic Environments 

Land Art and the Outdoor Studio 

The Art of Walking 

Choreography and Movement within Art Therapy 

Lecturer as Curator: Designing Art Therapy Education with Cultural Partners  

Art Therapy Pedagogy: Collaborations with Artists, Activists and Social Innovators 




Pamela trained as an art therapist in Vancouver and has worked in Canada, Malaysia and Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists and the British Association of Art Therapists and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is the founding co-editor of Polyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists and the past editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal. She also served on the editorial board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.  

Pamela has written chapters for the books Materials and Media in Art TherapyArt Therapy and Postmodernism, Found Objects in Art Therapy, Bridging the Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health and Ecopoiesis: A New Perspective for the Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies. She has also written editorials and articles on environmental art therapy, visual culture, festival art therapy and art therapy pedagogy. Pamela has been a conference keynote speaker for the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists and a visiting artist at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She is interested in contemporary art and creative health, art therapy in museums and galleries, environmental art therapy, the walking studio, and the art of gatherings.  

Pamela is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, Ulster University. She is currently the External Examiner for the MA Art Psychotherapy course at the University of Roehampton.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

External Examiner, University of Roehampton

28 Nov 202328 Nov 2027

Artist Researcher, Creative Ireland and Louth County Council

1 Sept 20231 Dec 2024

International Journal of Art Therapy, Special Issue, Co-Editor Nature Based Art Therapy

30 Apr 202330 Jun 2025

International Journal of Art Therapy, Peer Reviewer, British Association of Art Therapy

1 Jan 2023 → …

European Federation of Art Therapy, Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists, European Federation of Art Therapy Representative

1 Jan 2023 → …

Polyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists, Peer Reviewer

1 Jan 2022 → …

Arts and Health Coordinators Ireland

1 Jan 2013 → …


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