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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and ‘Art Extraordinary’ in Scotland (C. 1900 - 2012)

A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and ‘Art Extraordinary’ in Scotland (C. 1900 - 2012)

The impulse to create as a therapeutic tool is intimately intertwined with the histories of mental health care in Scotland, yet it remains a significantly under-investigated field of enquiry. This project, through engaging with the unique Art Extraordinary collection and associated archive assembled by pioneering Scottish art therapist Joyce Laing in the later part of the twentieth century, seeks to investigate a set of narratives revealed by the collection in order to illuminate the changing nature of mental health care in Scotland during this experimental period. In particular this project investigates the historical geographies associated with three case-studies from the archive – patient/artist portraits from Montrose Asylum, The Ross Clinic in Aberdeen and The Special Unit at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow.