Andy Gilroy’s first degree is in Fine Art, Painting. She began her career in adult education, working as an art teacher and art therapist before moving to full-time work in the NHS as an art therapist, based mainly in acute psychiatry but also working with people who have learning disabilities and with the elderly. She has been working at Goldsmiths for longer than she cares to think about but always on programmes that educate students to be art therapists and then to be art therapy researchers.
Andy has a national and international profile as an art therapy educator and researcher and continues collegial relationships with arts therapists in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and the United States.
- 1971 BA Hons, Fine Art, Painting
- 1975 Art Teachers' Diploma
- 1991 Doctor of Philosophy
Andy has taught across the range of provision in art therapy at Goldsmiths, from short introductory courses through to accredited programmes of professional education that qualify students to practice and on post-qualifying programmes. She currently teaches on the MA Art Psychotherapy, the MRes Art Psychotherapy and the MA Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practices (in the Department of Educational Studies). She also supervises research students.
Her current teaching focuses on the history and development of art therapy/art psychotherapy in different contexts and cultures around the world; autobiographies as artists, art therapists and art teachers; and research methods.
Areas of supervision
Andy's current supervision includes the history and development of art therapy in Poland; the impact of the work on art therapists; art therapy with the blind; art therapy with children who have developmental deficits; art therapy in forensic services; art therapy with Korean immigrants; the mapping of place, pedagogy and self in the Australian bush; the mental health service user’s voice in the ward round.
Andy has been invited to deliver keynote lectures for the Second Latin American Art Therapy Congress in Chile, the 21st Forensic Arts Therapies Conference in London, the International Scientific & Training Conference in Poland, the Scottish Arts Therapies Forum in Edinburgh, and the 3rd Arts Therapies Conference at the Academy of Humanities & Education in Poland, among others. She has most recently presented papers at the University of Queensland, La Trobe University, and the University of Western Sydney in Australia, and at the Sesame Institute for Drama Therapy Education in London.
Andy’s research interests include the development of art therapy’s evidence base; research methods in art therapy; the influence of context and culture on the development of art therapy in different parts of the world; the interface between art therapy, art education and community art; art therapists and their art.
Publications and research outputs
Brooker, Julie; Cullum, Michael; Gilroy, Andrea; McCombe, Brian; Mahony, Jacky; Ringrose, Kate; Russell, Denise; Smart, Louise; Zweigbergk, Britta von and Waldman, Judith. 2007. The use of art work in art psychotherapy with people who are prone to psychotic states: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline. London: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Goldsmiths. ISBN 978-1-904158-78-3
Gilroy, Andrea; Linnell, Sheridan; McKenna, Tarquam and Westwood, Jill, eds. 2019. Art Therapy in Australia: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill | Sense. ISBN 9789004315181
Gilroy, Andrea; Linnell, Sheridan; McKenna, Tarquam and Westwood, Jill, eds. 2018. Art therapy in Australia, taking a postcolonial, aesthetic turn. Leiden: Brill | Sense. ISBN 9789004368262
Dalley, Tessa; Jones, Kevin; Edwards, Dave; Brown, Christopher; Gilroy, Andrea and Meyerwitz-Katz, Julia, eds. 2010. ATOL Art Therapy Online: a Journal of Art, Therapy, Politics and Culture, ATOL Art Therapy Online, .
Linnell, Sheridan; Perry, Suzanne; Pretorius, Josephine and Westwood, Jill. 2019. Where knowing and not knowing touch: Contemporary Art as a Mode of Research, Subjective Transformation and Social Engagement. In: Andrea Gilroy; Sheridan Linnell; Tarquam McKenna and Jill Westwood, eds. Art Therapy in Australia: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill | Sense, pp. 253-281. ISBN 9789004315181
Gilroy, Andrea; Linnell, Sheridan; McKenna, Tarquam and Westwood, Jill. 2019. An Introduction of Sorts or All Sorts of Introductions. In: Andrea Gilroy; Sheridan Linnell; Tarquam McKenna and Jill Westwood, eds. Art Therapy in Australia: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill | Sense, pp. 1-41. ISBN 9789004368262
Skaife, Sally. 2011. Maps and Mess: Group Members’ Experience of the Relationship between art and talk in an Art Therapy Group. In: Andrea Gilroy, ed. Art Therapy Research in Practice. Bern: Peter Lang ltd, pp. 251-267. ISBN 978-3-03911-994-3
Gilroy, Andrea. 2011. What's best for whom? Exploring the evidence base for art therapy assessment. In: Andrea Gilroy; Robin A. Tipple and Christopher Brown, eds. Art Therapy Assesment. London: Routledge.
Jones, Kevin. 2011. Art 'fer-a-Pee'. An Exploratory Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of Group Based Art Therapy as an Adjunctive Treatment for People with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. In: Andrea Gilroy, ed. Art Therapy Research in Practice. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 189-210. ISBN 9783039119943
Gilroy, Andrea. 2011. The poetics of Australian art therapy. In: Andrea Gilroy; Sheridan Linnell and Jill Westwood, eds. Art therapy: taking a post-colonial, aesthetic turn. Sydney, Australia: Bentham Books.
Skaife, Sally. 2010. Maps and Mess: Research on a Women’s Art Therapy Group. In: Andrea Gilroy, ed. Art Therapy Research in Practice. London: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3039119943
Gilroy, Andrea. 2010. Uz pieradijumiems balstita prakse: principi, process, politika, standarti. In: S. K. Martinsone, ed. Petijumi. Makslu terapija rakstu krajums. Riga, Latvia: Drukatava, pp. 10-37. ISBN 978-9984-853-17-8
Gilroy, Andrea. 2010. Pieradijumu attisttisana makslu terapiija: kvantitativa strategija. In: S.K. Martinsone, ed. Petijumi. Makslu terapija rakstu krajums. Riga, Latvia: Drukatava, pp. 118-128. ISBN 978-9984-853-17-8
Gilroy, Andrea. 2010. Pieradijumu attistisana makslu terapija: kvalitativa strategija. In: S.K. Martinsone, ed. Petijumi. Makslu terapija rakstu krajums. Riga, Latvia: Drukatava, pp. 129-167. ISBN 978-9984-853-17-8
Gilroy, Andrea. 2008. Bogactwo roznorodnosci czy neokolonializm? Rozwoj arteterapii na swiecie. Irrepressibly multiple or neo-colonial? The development of art therapy around the world. In: Wieslaw Karolak and Barbara Kaczorowska, eds. Arteterapia w medycynie i edukacji. Lodz, Poland: Wyzsza Szkola Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Lodzi, pp. 33-40. ISBN 978-83-7405-282-5
Gilroy, Andrea. 2007. In pursuit of an object: The supervision of art therapy research. In: Joy Schaverien and Caroline Case, eds. Supervision in Art Therapy: A Theoretical and Practical Handbook. Routledge, pp. 213-231. ISBN 9780415409605
Tipple, Robin A.. 1992. Art Therapy with People who have Severe Learning Difficulties. In: Diane E. Waller and Andrea Gilroy, eds. Art Therapy: A Handbook. Open University Press. ISBN 978-0335098866
Gilroy, Andrea; Linnell, Sheridan; McKenna, Tarquam and Westwood, Jill. 2020. 'A Tale of Two Launches’: an arts-based, autoethnographic inquiry into decolonising art therapy in the context of (post)colonial Australia. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 11(1),
Gilroy, Andrea. 2014. Taking a long look at Art: Reflections on the context of production and consumption of art in Art Therapy. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 5(2), pp. 1-36. ISSN 2044-7221
Gilroy, Andrea. 2008. Taking a Long Look at Art: Reflections on the Production and Consumption of Art in Art Therapy and Allied Organisational Settings. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 27(3), pp. 251-263. ISSN 14768062
Gilroy, Andrea. 2007. The use of art work in art psychotherapy with people who are prone to psychotic states. A clinical practice guideline. International Journal of Art Therapy, 12(1), pp. 49-50. ISSN 1745-4832
Conference or Workshop Item
Westwood, Jill and Gilroy, Andrea. 2006. 'Picturing Organizations: Further explorations of art therapy's potential for putting organizations on the couch.'. In: 3rd Art of Management & Organization International Conference. Pedagogical University, Krakow, Poland 5-8 Sept 2006.