In Focus: the Context of Outsider Art

Welcome to the final installment of 'In Focus,' a series of blog posts featuring question and answer sessions between me and PhD student Marion Scherr. In this last post, we'll look at the term outsider art in an international context, and discuss the relationship between outsider art and the 'traditional, mainstream' art that is taught … Continue reading In Focus: the Context of Outsider Art

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In Focus: The Fascination with Outsider Art

Here is the third installment of the 'In Focus' series, which sees regular question and answer sessions between me and PhD student Marion Scherr. This post looks at the increasing fascination with outsider art, and the lack of the artist's voice in exhibitions and publications. Marion Scherr (MS): Although ‘Outsider Art’ is still a niche … Continue reading In Focus: The Fascination with Outsider Art

The ‘S’ Word: can the arts reduce mental health stigma?

In the UK – despite much progress since the abolition of large psychiatric hospitals and a significant increase in care in the community – stigma surrounding mental health issues is still an incredibly prominent issue. The Mental Health Foundation notes that “people with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill … Continue reading The ‘S’ Word: can the arts reduce mental health stigma?