Journal article

Psychosocial curating: a theory and practice of exhibition-making at the intersection between health and aesthetics

Vanessa Bartlett

MEDICAL HUMANITIES | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

A recent Manifesto for a Visual Medical Humanities suggested that more in-depth analysis of the contribution of visual art to medical humanities is urgently required. This need perhaps arises because artists and curators experience conflict between the experimental approaches and tacit knowledge that drive their practice and existing audience research methods used in visitor studies or arts marketing. In this paper, I adopt an innovative psychosocial method-uniquely suited to evidencing aesthetic experiences-to examine how an exhibition of my own curation facilitated audiences to undertake psychological processing of complex ideas about mental distress. I consider the curator working in a he..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by University of New South Wales, University International Postgraduate Award.