Thanks to Dr Elaine Argyle from the University of Nottingham for writing a short piece on a fantastic new research project looking at transforming lives through mutual recovery.
Clay Transformations is a project based at the University of Nottingham. It is an innovative research programme that will be investigating the therapeutic effects of working with clay.
It follows a one-year programme focusing on research to support young people who access Nottingham’s mental health services. The Arts & Humanities Research Council has now funded a three year project to investigate the ways in which working creatively with clay can enhance the mental health and well-being of people aged 18 and over. It will engage a wide range of people including those with mental health needs, carers, educators and those working in health and social care. The aim is to promote ‘mutual recovery’ amongst these groups.
The project is run in collaboration with City Arts in Nottingham who have designed and built a new project website. This online platform will act as a place for people to get involved in, and receive regular information about, the project. It will also act as a virtual meeting point for artists, researchers, health and social care professionals and other interested parties to share information about their own practice and experience of working with clay. Once you have become a member you can post a biography, images and information about your work to your profile on the Research Network page. In addition, you can post events, articles and case studies to the shared blog and we have set up an associated Facebook page and Twitter hashtag (#ClayMH) for regular updates. Clay Transformations and City Arts will also be running a free eight week series of workshops exploring basic hand building clay techniques and clay modelling.