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This chapter concerns the heritage of artistic expression in psychiatric inpatient care. Former mental health institution, Lillhagen hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden and the artistic activities that took place there are presented. These artistic activities are currently revived in an art studio at a psychiatric inpatient unit in Gothenburg, where an art studio has been established in an abandoned room in the basement. Two days a week, patients are invited to paint together with an established visual artist. The art studio is a transitional space; patients are encouraged to use it, co-create it, and leave traces. The studio is capable of holding the patients and invites them to have the courage to create, play and to trust the artistic process. Thereby the art studio provides alternatives to current tendencies toward reductionism and standardized interventions in psychiatric care and revives the heritage of integrating art in psychiatry.

In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
The Spatial Practices series is premised on the observation that places are inscribed with cultural meaning, not least of all in terms of collective constructions of identity. Such space-based constructions can manifest in material and immaterial, explicit and implicit forms of heritage, and they are crucial factors in the promotion of a group’s wellbeing. It is this intersection of spaces, heritage and wellbeing that the present volume takes at its object. It considers ways in which institutional spaces in their materiality as well as in their cultural inscriptions impact on the wellbeing of the subjects inhabiting them and explores how heritage comes to bear on these interrelations within specific institutions, such as prisons, hospitals or graveyards.
This volume highlights the importance of diverse voices and perspectives in understanding the history and heritage of psychiatry. Exploring the complex interrelations between psychiatry, heritage and power, Narrating the Heritage of Psychiatry complicates the pervasive biomedical narrative of progress in which the history of psychiatry is usually framed. By examining multiple perspectives, including those of users/survivors of mental health services, the anthology sheds light on neglected narratives and aims to broaden our understanding of psychiatric history and current practices. In doing so, it also considers the role of art, activism, and community narratives in reimagining and recontextualizing psychiatric heritage. This collection brings into conversation perspectives from practitioners as well as scholars from the humanities and social sciences.
Narratives and Mental Health offers a forum for dialogue between the arts, humanities and other disciplines interested in mental health and well-being.

Narrative is a central tool for meaning-making. Yet, its relevance has long been sidelined in the mental health sector including psychiatry, clinical psychology, medicine and social work.

To explore the intersection of narratives and mental health, the peer-reviewed book series takes an interdisciplinary approach and accommodates studies which investigate, for one, the uses and usefulness, but also the possible limitations of narrative in mental health care settings. The series is also very interested in studies that examine mental health issues in the representation, conceptualization, medialization and dissemination of mental health-narratives in areas as varied as literature and life-writing, the arts and film, journalism and (oral) history, digital and graphic storytelling, and many more.

Monographs and themed volumes are invited that include perspectives from comparative literary studies, history, narratology, psychology and philosophy, amongst others.

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