The Principles of an Art-Based Research Design: Response Art and Art Therapy Research

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In this chapter, I describe the principles of an art-based research design based on the growing literature and research practices in Britain and North America. I introduce the principles of art-based research through a research project that places art made by the art therapist in response to the clinical work, as the subject of inquiry. I use a current research process as a working example of art-based research methods in practice. The art-making processes described occur within a practitioner-research framework and an art-based paradigm.

The art-based research described in this chapter derives from my art therapy practice and visual arts response to the clinical work. The research process gathers therapist‟s clinical artworks, extends the scope to include artworks from a cohort of art therapists, and methodically studies the resulting visual imagery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Advances in Art Therapy Research and Practice: The Emerging Picture
EditorsVal Huet, Lynn Kapitan
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1-5275-6584-X
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2021
EventInternational Art Therapy Research Conference - Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Jul 201913 Jul 2019


ConferenceInternational Art Therapy Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Art-Based Research, response art, research design, art-based methodology


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