Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy
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Inland Revenue Charity Ref. No. XR36993
NIGAT is celebrating its 33rd Anniversary in 2009
"We use the creative art process to facilitate personal well-being"
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NIGAT, c/o Centre for Psychotherapy, Shimna House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH.
NIGAT has a NEW WEBSITE: go to: NIGAT new website.
The information in this old website is historical as of 2008 and so may be out of date. It is preserved here for historical purposes.
NIGAT, formed in 1976, is a Registered Charity and one of its aims is to benefit the public. It provides a unique forum for persons:
NIGAT's Chairperson (2009) is Frank Holmes. NIGAT became a Charity in 1989 [Inland Revenue Charity Ref No. XR36993]. It is a membership organisation which is administered by a voluntary Committee, elected annually at the AGM from within the membership group. Office bearers are elected from within the Committee group. Due to its voluntary nature NIGAT has no office or premises, but can be contacted through the NIGAT Secretary by emailing: email@example.com and postal contact via: NIGAT Secretary, c/o Centre for Psychotherapy, Shimna House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8BH.
The focus of the Group is art as therapy and the Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy profession, and it also actively encourages networking with other arts therapies, such as Music Therapy, Dramatherapy, and Dance and Movement therapy. The working contexts of NIGAT members include: Art Therapists; Art Psychotherapists; counsellors; teachers; artists; Music Therapists; Dramatherapists; social workers; nurses; aromatherapists; care workers in voluntary and statutory agencies; art students etc.
For details on professional Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy services provided by HPC Registered Art Therapists / Art Psychotherapists - see Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy Service below for details.
An important part of the work of the Group is to increase the awareness of the value of the therapeutic art approach. Therefore, NIGAT conducts workshops, training and information courses, seminars etc.. Some of these events are held in conjunction with Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster. See Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy Training below for details.
The founding of the Group was inspired by Rita Simon, Art Therapist, who was President of NIGAT. Sadly, Rita Simon died in 2008 and we mourn her loss with great sorrow and also celebrate her life and the inspiration she gave to us and to so many.
Rita was also a founding member of the British Association of Art Therapists and she was Honorary President of BAAT. Rita Simon published three books on art therapy - see Reading List5, 6 below for details. The Rita Simon Collection is a collection of artwork (made between 1942-1984) deriving from Rita Simon's 55 years of work as an art therapist in private practice, hospitals and day centres of the National Health Service and Social Services. The collection is housed in the Wellcome Trust's History of Medicine Library - Iconographic Collections.
NIGAT Mission Statement: "We use the creative art process to facilitate personal well-being". [NIGAT is pronounced 'nigh-gat'.]
Please note: NIGAT has received requests for placements and work experience from people visiting this site. Unfortunately NIGAT regrets that it cannot arrange any such work of either kind.
This NIGAT website provides information including:
1.1. ART THERAPY / NIGAT SPECIAL EVENTS
1.1.1. Forthcoming events:
See the new NIGAT website for details of the next Art Therapy Summer School.
The Summer School is normally an annual event and is run by NIGAT.
See new NIGAT website for details of the next Day Meeting.
1.1.2. Past events:
A hat-making and wearing party! Spring 2009.
The Sixteenth Art Therapy Summer School - was held in 2008.
A NIGAT Members' evening was held on Thursday 16th November 2006 at Ballyowen Day Centre, Belfast. The evening included a performance / presentation by Tracey Murray, Art Therapist.
The XVIII SIPE International Congress was held in Belfast in 2006, hosted by the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast and NIGAT. We were honoured to attract such an important event to Northern Ireland. This was especially gratifying because it also enabled us to celebrate NIGAT's 30th anniversary (2006)! The Congress, held in the Europa Hotel Belfast, attracted a rich range of papers, workshops, performances and posters. Delegates came from over 20 countries. Abstracts were in accordance with the main theme which was: 'Creative Transformation' and sub-themes which were:
multi-cultural approaches; critical and transformative methodologies.
Hosted by the Graduate School of Education, Queen's University Belfast, in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield. This international conference brought together a range of interested professionals, practitioners and researchers who increasingly use the arts to enhance, transform and capture people's meanings and who are interested in advancing the arts in educational and social research.
Keynote speakers included: Elliot Eisner, Andrew Sparkes, Alison Dye, Carl Bagley & Peter Clough.
From 29th November to 17th December 2004 NIGAT held a fundraising exhibition entitled 'Signatures Withheld' at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. The purpose of the exhibition was to raise funds for NIGAT and also to raise awareness of the practice of Art Therapy in Northern Ireland.
The opening night was well attended and was a tremendous occasion and we were delighted that over 100 artworks sold on this first evening. The idea behind the 'Signatures Withheld' exhibition was that artists did not sign their name on the front of work, so each piece was exhibited anonymously, to be sold at (a minimum of) £30 per artwork, all proceeds going to NIGAT. The identity of the artist was only revealed when the purchased artwork was collected. Submitted artworks were in any medium and of any subject matter. Work was submitted unmounted and unframed on an A5 piece of card or paper, and signed on the back. NIGAT mounted each piece.
Entries were from a diverse and wide range of artists including some well-known artists and public figures across Northern Ireland. NIGAT extends its sincere thanks to all those who did such wonderful work to organise this exhibition, particularly to Alice McCullough.
NIGAT held a special 25th Anniversary Exhibition to celebrate its history and development since its inception in 1976. The dates were 31/07-03/08/01 (to fall within the 9th Summer School) and the venue was the Linenhall Library, Belfast. NIGAT thanks all those who donated or lent documents and photos etc for the Exhibition.
NIGAT held the first Art Therapy Conference in Northern Ireland, and indeed in Ireland, entitled Costing Creativity on Thursday 28th September 2000. This proved to be very successful. For further details of this 2000 conference, go to the link: Art Therapy Conference.
NIGAT Committee - office bearers include:
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|Membership Secretary / Treasurer:||
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|Late President:||Rita Simon|
Annual Membership fees
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"Under separate legislation, to work in the National Health Service or H.M. Prison Service, either directly or as a contractor, as an arts therapist, one must be registered."The HPC clarify that practitioners of Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy must be HPC Registered under the legally protected title of Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist.
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