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What is home? An art-based workshop to explore the physical, relational and wellbeing properties of Home

Vallejos, Elvira Perez; Baker, Charley; McGarry, Julie; Joyes, Emma; Carletti, Laura; Bartel, Heike; Jacobs, Rachel; Gale-Feeny, Alice; Higginbottom, Roy


Julie McGarry

Emma Joyes

Laura Carletti

Professor of German Studies and Health Humanities

Rachel Jacobs

Alice Gale-Feeny

Roy Higginbottom


This feasibility study was framed under the notion of creative practices as mutual recovery – the idea that shared creativity, collective experience and mutual benefit can promote resilience in mental health and well-being. The study evaluated the impact of an art-based workshop designed to examine participant’s notions of home. Thematic analysis was used to evaluate the textual data derived from three focus groups. The findings indicate that art-based workshops that incorporate principles of mindfulness can be used to raise awareness of mental health and well-being issues associated with challenging or inadequate notions of home. These workshops provide a forum for reflection and community in which these problematic notions can be meaningfully articulated and communicated and solutions discussed. This type of creative practice supports the notion of mutual recovery health, helps build resilience among residential workforce and thus helps them to better deal with existing problems.


Vallejos, E. P., Baker, C., McGarry, J., Joyes, E., Carletti, L., Bartel, H., …Higginbottom, R. (2017). What is home? An art-based workshop to explore the physical, relational and wellbeing properties of Home. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 8(3), 341-355.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2018
Journal Journal of Applied Arts & Health
Electronic ISSN 2040-2457
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 341-355
Keywords art installation ; creativity ; mindfulness ; mental health ; home ; residential settings
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