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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
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.
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing
In: Negotiating Institutional Heritage and Wellbeing