Synopsis of Research Project
Project Title: In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment.
Date: April 2010 to April 2013
Location: Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK
Client: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCU HB)
Partners: Bangor University, Glyndwr University & Leeds Metropolitan University
Research Team: Artists – Dr Karen Heald and Dr Susan Liggett, Scientists – Dr Richard Tranter, Professor Rob Poole and Professor Catherine A Robinson.
Funders & Supporters: Supported by Arts Council of Wales, and the North Wales Clinical School Research Department
The In-between-ness pilot study was a novel collaboration between professional artists, clinical researchers and people suffering from depression; to extend the exploration of experiential effects of antidepressant treatment. The research team worked closely with the participants at the Hergest Psychiatrist Unit, Bangor to explore the effects of treatment for depression.
In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during anti-depressant treatment is an Art and Science Research and Development project, funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the North Wales Clinical School Research Grant. Through this research the collaborators Dr Richard Tranter, (Consultant Psychiatrist), Professor Rob Poole, (Professor of Social Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society, UK), GP surgeries, and artists Karen Heald and Susan Liggett are exploring if patient changes are reflected in the way people express themselves and respond to their environment prior, during and post antidepressant medication. In addition to the aims of the psychiatrists, the artists are keen to explore the role of preverbal language and creativity for patients navigating the ‘in-between-ness’ from depression to recovery through the creative use of video cameras. The artworks, with consent, have been displayed in exhibitions, discussed at conferences and will form part of an artist’s books made collaboratively between the artists and the participants.