Workshops and groups


All workshops and groups are available to delegates attending for one day apart from the small closed Experiential Art Therapy Groups.

Small Experiential Group

These groups will offer an art making space in which to explore and reflect on experiences during the conference in a small closed group setting. Each group will be facilitated by an art therapy group leader who will conduct the group in accordance with their own professional expertise, bearing in mind the group process and the relationship between art making and talking.

In order to ensure each group has a consistent membership delegates will stay in the same group for all three morning sessions and the groups are only open to delegates attending the full conference. Delegates will be allocated to groups according to their stated preference, depending on spaces available and with a maximum of ten delegates per group. Art materials will be available and artwork made in the group will be stored in the space during the conference. After the final group delegates will take their work away from the space. 


Kristen Catchpole

Since qualifying in 2005 Kristen has worked in the private and public sector in connection with residential family assessment specialising in parent and infant mental health and has managed therapeutic services in mainstream schools. Currently Kristen works for a charity providing art psychotherapy to families in a children’s centre’s, she has a private practice and is a part time tutor and placement development worker on the Goldsmiths MA Art Psychotherapy.

Bruce Currie

Bruce was inspired to train as an Art Therapist after being treated by an Art Therapist and a Dance Movement Therapist at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1985. He has worked in adult psychiatry and palliative care in the NHS, in social services and the voluntary sector and undertaken further training at the Institute of Group Analysis, and the University of Hertfordshire. He has also undertaken a Foundation in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths. For an example of his art practice, see the cover of Inscape Vol.13, No.2. He is currently a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and a supervisor, and his current interests are in developing arts-based interventions to promote good mental health in non-clinical populations.

Jon Martyn

Jon is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. He has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Gloucester University and an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths. He has an interest in the therapeutic value of groups - with experience running differing group modalities in the Cassel Therapeutic Community, Leicester’s NHS personality disorder service, community groups for adults with learning disabilities and with survivors of political violence at Freedom From Torture. In 2013 he co-founded the New Art Studio - a return to facilitating studio art therapy for refugees and asylum seekers. He returned to Goldsmiths in 2014 to work as an associate tutor on the Art Psychotherapy MA and runs a private practice in the London Art Therapy Centre.

Lisa Rimmer

Lisa completed her MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths in 2007 and since this time she has primarily worked with children and families in school settings. She currently provides an art therapy service in a mainstream primary school and is also a tutor on the Goldsmiths MA Art Psychotherapy and the Goldsmiths Art Psychotherapy Foundation Course.

Susan Rudnik

Susan qualified in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths in 2006. She has specialised in working with hospitalised children and adolescents with physical and/or mental health problems. She also has extensive experience as an Art Therapist working within a special school for boys with severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Susan has also worked for several years facilitating an art group in a homeless hostel for adults with mental health problems. Susan supervises trainees on placement and has been a visiting tutor on the Art Psychotherapy foundation module. Her research interests include; Art psychotherapy with Hospitalised children, containing factors in Art Psychotherapy Groups (2006)' and within Fine Art (2000) 'Explosive Thoughts & Ideas: Situationist Theory in a new Millennium'. 

Open Studio Group

The Open Studio Art Therapy Group will be available to all delegates on each day of the conference. The group will last for 1.5 hours. The group offers delegates an opportunity to participate in art making with the aim of enabling experiences of the conference to be processed. Participants will be encouraged to develop their personal creativity and interaction with materials. 

As the group is an open group the delegates will be free to enter and leave the studio space as they wish, although the group will have a starting time and end time. Delegates will also be free to speak to others or remain silent, to present work to others or to be absorbed in the process of making. It is anticipated that delegates will be witnessing processes and reflecting on imagery in this cultural space provided by the group, and it is hoped that this experience of the open group will contribute to the overall content of the conference. 

The group will be conducted in such a way as to allow delegates to immerse themselves in their art making. In this respect consistency in the provision of space and materials and the maintenance of a starting time and ending are seen as important. 


Anna Maria Cavaliero

Mia Cavaliero works as an art therapist in adult mental health as well as being an associate tutor on the MAAP course at Goldsmiths. She is also a practising artist. The theme of the conference has particular resonance at this time of shrinking resources in the NHS and an important part of her work involves maintaining spaces for art therapy to flourish in. In her work as artist and art therapist Mia is interested in the spaces between thought and feeling and creativity.

Chris Peckham

Chris Peckham works in London as an art therapist in two settings, i) as lead art therapist for NELFT adult learning disability Psychological Therapies and ii)

Resources for Autism, a charity providing art therapy for children and adults with an autistic spectrum disorder. As a participant in the large studio group held at the previous conference in 2013; Chris is delighted to facilitate the unique setting that this workshop provides for artistic engagement and reflection.


Social Dreaming Matrix

Social Dreaming (SD) aims to promote creative thinking, access to, and management of, new knowledge in a variety of contexts, through the exchange of dream narratives, their associations and amplifications, in a particular setting called Matrix (Gordon Lawrence 2008)

The Conference offers a Social Dreaming workshop each day, in the morning. This experiential workshop opens our minds to a liminal area between the personal and collective, unconscious and remembered. As dream narratives and their associations are shared, Social Dreaming is a setting for transpersonal work, where dreams are shared without comment, or analysis of group processes, or interpersonal dynamics. The focus is always on the dreams, not the dreamers, and participants are invited to enter in a state of mind which has been called “lucid dreaming”. This state of mind will be developed during the Matrix and will be conducive to the recollection of dreams and their associations.

Each workshop will be one and a half hour long and will include a brief introduction and one hour long Social Dreaming Matrix, during which participants will sit in a snowflake configuration. This will be followed by brief Dream Reflection Dialogues (DRD), consisting of small groups conversations, tasked with recalling and allowing expression of the emotional and intrapersonal experience of the Matrix.

In the context of the Conference, participants will be encouraged to link the SD experience to other Conference events. In particular they will be given the opportunity to give imaginative expression to the experience in the Image Making, large group component, at the closure of each day.

Francesca La Nave

Francesca La Nave, studied sciences and did field research in her native Italy and North Africa and then Fine Arts at Chelsea School of Arts.  She is an Art Psychotherapist and Group Analytic psychotherapist.  Her MA in Group and Intercultural Therapy developed correlations between Social Dreaming and Art Psychotherapy groups which she published in 2010. 

She works in the NHS within a specialist service for patients with complex needs and Borderline personality disorders. She has a Private Practice providing Art Psychotherapy for adults and children, using personalised interventions, tailored to individual needs. She also supervises Arts Therapists individually and in groups, in addition to  providing Trainees from a number of accredited trainings  with supervision and academic coaching.
She organises clinical, training placements and is a visiting lecturer on a number of Art Psychotherapy and Group Analytic Psychotherapy Trainings, in the UK and in Spain and Greece. She has recently contributed a Chapter to the second edition of D.Waller’s Group interactive Art Therapy, Routledge 2014.
She has a Studio in SE London and her art includes painting, printmaking and stained glass.

Caroline Frizell

Caroline is the programme Convenor for the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA at Goldsmiths. She is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and supervisor with a keen interest in ecopsychology and brings these areas of interest together in published works, such as, 'Discovering the Language of the Ecological Body'. In Self & Society Vol 41, No.4, Summer 2014. For over 30 years, Caroline has worked in community settings, with a commitment to learning disability and inclusive practice. Caroline also developed her interested in Jungian perspectives, training as a supervisor at the Society of Analytical Psychology. She has a keen interest in dream work and held her most recent social dreaming matrix in a tipi at the Wild Heart gathering in South Devon in August 2015. 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group

Inner and outer space - the embodiment of the poetry of space


11.15 to 12.45 – Limited to 10 participants

Inspired by Gaston Bachelard's 'The Poetics of Space' (1994) and Martin Heidegger's 'Poetry, Language, Thought' (1975), this workshop explores the phenomenological and somatic experience of the dialectic of inner and outer space. The nature of space as individuals relate to it is meaningful and not only mathematical. Bachelard's (1994) notes the poetic representations of the intimate spaces of a house reflects the phenomenology of the soul.
He also suggests that our house is engraved into our flesh, our body. How then might our experience of the inner space of our bodies affect our perspective on outer space? Through this dialectic of inner and outer, we will discover the imaginal spaces in our bodies and the different perspectives which our body and movement can offer.

Group Conductor
Fiona Hoo

Fiona Hoo is a Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in London, UK. She works in public and private practice with a focus on working with children and young people in a variety of education settings, including autism, learning disabilities and mainstream. She is currently studying for a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy and Counselling. Fiona is also teaching on the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The Bodies in the Space  Thursday 14. – 15.30 – Limited to 10 participants
This workshop will encourage participants to explore transference and countertransference from an embodied perspective. Drawing from theories of embodied intersubjectivity, somatic approaches and neuroscience, this workshop will encourage participants to explore and reflect upon the embodied co-created relationship between therapist and client.
What is co-created in the therapeutic space between the bodies of client and therapist? What feelings, sensations and somatic responses are you left with after a session with a client?

Group Conductor
Brenda Naso
Brenda is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with an interest in embodied processes, somatic practices and trauma as a psychophysical experience. Through her personal journey and studies, Brenda’s belief in the inherent wisdom of the body and its expressions have grown and re-enforced her trust in the body as a potential resource for profound holistic change.
Brenda currently works clinically with adults in acute and community mental health at the NHS. She also works clinically with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues and runs a small private practice. She is a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor on the MA DMP at Goldsmiths.

Collective Body Mapping Ritual

Friday 11.15 to 12.45  - Limited to 10 participants

I am here. Where are you? Oh, that way! Together, we make the space a whole. 

Collective Body Mapping is rooted in the Body Mapping method conceived in 2002 in the townships of Capetown, South Africa.  It still carries the soil of its origins which makes for a fertile ground for people in and from different places to come together and honour what we share: a body.

We gather around a shared canvas, a sacred space. At its shore we invite you to set up camp within yourself, to own your body.  Together we prepare our shared ground and announce our coming.  We step into the space to find a place where we can rest and be received by others.  By drawing our body lines we mark skin borders, touching points and openings. We move in the landscape that we have created, name what we see, and discover a collective space that holds us all. 

Collective Body Mapping has been developed by Visual Artist, Movement and Body Psychotherapists  Emma Scott, Christina Greenland and Annette Schwalbe.  For this ritual, we are joining hands with Dance Movement Psychotherapist Sue Curtis to offer you an embodied experience specific to spaces and places evoked by this conference.        

Group Conductors
Annette Schwalbe
Annette is a body mapping artist and body & movement psychotherapist.  She works as therapist, supervisor, mentor and facilitator in private practice and as part of public events that bring together creative art making with an exploration of what it means to be living in our bodies.  For many years she lived and worked in Mali, Pakistan, Uganda and Kenya where she started body mapping with people living with HIV/Aids.  Since her return to the UK in 2009 she has been developing Body Mapping further as a creative, feminine and collective approach to embodiment, most recently presented at the collaborative exhibition Seasons of a Woman at Centrespace Gallery Bristol. 

Christina Greenland
Christina is completing her final year of a dance movement psychotherapy MA at Dance Voice Therapy and Education Centre in Bristol. As a dance movement psychotherapy trainee she has worked with people who have dementia and people in addiction recovery. Her research has enabled her to explore the use of creative and relational movement as a therapeutic intervention for couples. With Annette Schwalbe and Emma Scott, Christina has been developing the concept and practice of collective body mapping. She is also a senior occupational therapist working for the NHS in adult psychiatry across community and inpatient settings.

Sue Curtis

Sue originally trained as a dancer and teacher before practicing DMP for nineteen years within mainstream and special education, particularly with clients in foster care and adoption, and those suffering loss, trauma and abuse. She has lectured and supervised on MA DMP training courses since 1993, guest lecturing in the Ukraine, Spain, Latvia and Poland.  

Sue has recently lived through 3 years of serious illness and treatment for cancer, which left her disabled, but gave rise to exploring ‘body mapping’ as a way of the body telling it’s story. She is developing this approach within her private practice of supervision.

Participatory Art Installation

The place of, and spaces for, art therapy are radically shifting and changing beyond the clinic and therapy room. Whole populations are moving in search of refuge and hope. How do we as art therapists respond to the ethical call of difference, transience and displacement? A quartet of artists from opposite sides of the globe have come together to respond to these concerns.

Morris and Westwood are offering a series of three art-based sessions where participants respond to these themes through constructing a site-specific art installation - an encampment of embellished tent structures on the college field. Participants can use already assembled structures or are invited to bring/post ahead their unwanted or broken tents. The aim is to rethink our relationships to the spaces in which we work, and to reveal and reflect on the cultural significance of art, space, and art therapy practice. Bachelard (1994) explores the intimate spaces of the house that constitute a body of images giving the illusion of stability - a stability questioned, here, by the impermanence and mobility of the ‘tent city’. This allows glimpses of a coexisting visual order that intersects with ours (Berger, 2001).

Lever and Linnell work into this disconcerting yet compelling ‘in-between’ in two ways: through a linked conference paper, and by tracing ‘material’ routes through the negative spaces between the tents with builder’s string line and plumb. These geometries will striate physical, emotional and intellectual spaces, bringing marginalised possibilities to attention. Visitors approaching from multiple entry points will be invited to follow the contours of the outside in order to find what is folded inside (Deleuze, 1988). In ‘intra-action’ (Barad, 2007) with each other, our ‘selves’, the site, the materials and some provocative philosophies, a ‘third space’ (Bhabha, 2004) of art therapy begins to emerge. 


Anita Lever

Anita offers individual and group art therapy within mental health (mood disorders and eating disorders) programs, and devises ‘Cross Pollination’ art installation projects with hospital patients and staff. Her own experimental, mixed media work is occasionally exhibited around Sydney. Anita has developed ‘Material Matters’, a methodology which she has practised in participatory art installations with Anna Moraova and adapted for arts-based research workshops.

Sheridan Linnell

Sheridan is Senior Lecturer in The Master of Art Therapy at WSU, where she has a teaching, coordination and research role. She is currently engaged in research partnerships exploring arts-based mental health recovery with a group of artists with lived experience of mental health issues, and conducting an arts based, narrative enquiry (with Lever) into how difference and diversity shapes arts therapies in the Asia Pacific region. Sheridan is passionate about socially just art therapy for a postcolonial, diverse world.

Lesley Morris

Lesley is a Lecturer on the MA Art Psychotherapy, and HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist with a primary interest in Parent-infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Lesley is a practicing artist who exhibits as part of ‘the unconscious group’ of artists and educators on the staff team of the MA Art

Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths. Her research interests include the Art Therapy Large Group, and art based research into the unconscious.

Jill Westwood

Jill is Programme Convenor of the MA Art Psychotherapy, a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and Artist. From a background in art she has worked predominately in art therapy education including a period in Australia 1995-2008. Her research interests encompass the transformative potential of art and art based approaches.

Art Therapy Large Group

The ATLG provides a space where all conference participants can come together to engage in art making and reflection. In the ATLG the relationship between talking and art making is amplified, highlighting the performative aspect of art making and emphasising the interaction between artist, audience, and context. The ATLG is intended to provide opportunity to process thinking and explore the experiential learning that the conference has made available during the day, to develop our creation of community and communication, to debate spaces that conference has discovered and the places that have been made. The aim here is to increase understanding of the practice of art therapy internationally.

There will be three 90 minute ATLG sessions, one at the end of each day. Diverse art materials will be made available.


Sally Skaife

Sally Skaife (PhD) is a qualified art psychotherapist and group analyst. She worked in adult psychiatry for many years before coming to work at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is now a Senior lecturer in Art Psychotherapy. Sally has run art psychotherapy groups both privately and within Freedom from Torture. She has been a past chairperson of the British Association of Art Therapists and an editor of the association’s journal, then called ‘Inscape’. She co-edited ‘Art Psychotherapy groups: Between Pictures and Words’ and has published numerous chapters and journal articles. Her research interests are in the politics and philosophy of art therapy groups and experiential groups.

Robin Tipple

Robin Tipple (PhD) qualified as an art therapist in 1985. He has worked with adults who have learning disabilities, with children and adolescents in a paediatric disability service and with children living in a therapeutic community who were recovering from neglect and abuse. Robin was a member of the editorial board of Inscape from 1995 to 2007. His research interests are in the ways that subjects, the art therapist and client/patient are discursively constructed through institutional practices. He is currently an editor for ATOL (Art Therapy: onLine) an international on line journal for art therapy. He has more recently been engaged in researching, with colleagues from Goldsmiths, the “unconscious”, through art making and exhibiting, and the Art Therapy Large Group.