• Assessing the Arts, and student response, within the creative expressive therapies in higher education.

      Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Routledge, 2018-10-25)
      My original focus, through a small research project, was to examine the complexity of assessing the arts within dance, drama, art and music pathways on the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies programme (which will potentially change to BA (Hons) Arts Health and Wellbeing) at the University of Derby. However, my research focus shifted as I became increasingly more interested in how students responded emotionally to the assessment process and their individual feedback. So, the research came to be less about how the assessments are carried out by lecturers, and more about students’ personal emotional responses to them. This led to three areas of focus which appeared to be of key concern to students, assessing creativity, tutor bias and student understanding.
    • The Birth Project: Using the Arts to explore birth. Interim report

      Hogan, Susan; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2016-10)
      The aim of this study was to use the arts to interrogate birth discourses, to challenge embedded assumptions, and in this process, to stimulate mutual recovery between all those who experience and are affected by birth. The research questions are: • What role might arts engagement have to play in ante-natal and post-natal care? • To what extent are hospital practices, that are iatrogenic in nature, implicated in post-natal distress? • To what extent is ‘mutual recovery’ possible through engagement with the arts, and if so, to establish what form this may take? • What, in particular, does an arts-based approach offer in exploring birth experiences and the transition to motherhood?
    • Interrogating women’s experience of ageing: reinforcing or challenging clichés?

      Hogan, Susan; University of Derby; College of Health & Social Care Research Centre (2015-07)
      The “Representing Self—Representing Ageing” initiative has been funded by the ESRC as part of the New Dynamics of Ageing cross-council research programme. It has consisted of four projects with older women using participatory arts to enable women to articulate their experiences of ageing, and to create alternative images of ageing. Methods have included the use of art elicitation, photo-diaries, film-booths, directed photography, and phototherapy.
    • Mothers make art: using participatory art to explore the transition to motherhood

      Hogan, Susan; University of Derby; Health & Social Care Research Centre (Intellect and International Expressive Arts Therapy Association., 2015-06-01)
      This article explores the use of visual methods to explore women’s experience of pregnancy, childbirth and the adjustment to motherhood in a British context; it is particularly interested in thinking about whether visual methods can help deliver new insights into these experiences and what forms these might take. The work is not making universal claims about maternal experience, but rather is interested in the vibrancy, intensity and freshness that visual methods can bring to elucidate human experience.
    • Peripheries and borders: Pushing the boundaries of visual research

      Hogan, Susan; University of Derby,; Health & Social Care Research Centre (Taylor and Francis, 2013-07)
      In my last paper for Inscape, ‘Ways in Which Photographic and Other Images are Used in Research: An Introductory Overview’ (July, 2012), I summarised the ways in which the arts are being used by social scientists. In this paper I look at less mainstream developments which are nevertheless of interest. In particular, I outline Iain Edgar's idea of ‘imagework’, which is the use of creative visualisation within research processes (although much of what he does is rather akin to some forms of art therapy). Probably less well documented and explored is the interesting borderline between social science research and personal therapy represented by both social art therapy and phototherapy, both of which will be explored in further detail. This paper is then contextualised with reference to other recent papers discussing the potential contribution of art therapy to social science, psychological and ethnographic research projects.
    • Women’s inequality: a global problem explored in participatory arts.

      Hogan, Susan; Warren, Lorna; University of Derby,; College of Health & Social Research Centre (UNESCO, 2013-11)
      This paper discusses research-guided practice in community-based arts in health activity in Britain. This discussion is situated within an exploration of health policy and its relationship to the arts in health. It provides a summary analysis of a large body of research relevant to wellbeing and mental-health rehabilitation; it will describe how community-based arts in health activity provides the basis for a set of evidence-based actions to improve well-being. In respect to research-guided practice, this paper will argue a strong case that community-based arts in health initiatives encompass all aspects of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’; furthermore, it will indicate how community arts in health activities are also significant in aiding recovery from mental ill health. The essay moves on to explore why participatory approaches are of particular value to women. In particular, the paper looks at the position of older women, with reference to the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme in Britain. It concludes with a detailed discussion of several recent projects. A description of the research inquiry will enable the partnership structures and the ethos developed in the projects’ delivery to be elucidated and discussed in order to interrogate strategies of practice. It is hoped that this frank discussion of some of the tensions between arts-based participatory practice and arts-based participatory practice for research will be of interest. Different visual methods will be articulated. Methods have included the use of art elicitation, photo-diaries, film-booths, directed photography, and re-enactment phototherapy within an overarching participatory framework. It is recognised that women are a highly diversified group with crosscutting allegiances, some of which have been acknowledged in this project.
    • Your body is a battleground: Art therapy with women

      Hogan, Susan; University of Derby,; Health & Social Care Research Centre (2013-09)
      This article interrogates the place of feminism within art therapy. It provides a lively, polemical argument that art therapy must maintain a critical relationship to the discipline of psychology in order to avoid oppressing women with misogynistic discourses which are embedded in theories and practices. The article also explores the visual culture which surrounds us, and how images affect our sensibility, our self-esteem, and our ability to act in the world.