3 steps to get therapeutic benefits from writing about art

Patrick Wright researched the therapeutic qualities of writing about art and suggests three steps for trying it yourself.
Photo: Toa Heftiba on Unsplash. Sun shines through the window of a streetside cafe. A cup of coffee, phone, sunglasses and a notebook is spread open on a wooden table.

What do we learn about ourselves when we write creatively about an artwork? I asked myself this question during my creative writing PhD, where my focus was on writing a collection of poems in response to modern and contemporary art.

While the early phase of my research involved sitting in galleries and museums, viewing images and objects in the flesh, during the pandemic I had to retreat home and recalibrate how I could access these visual prompts. I made use of books and postcard reproductions of artworks and also looked online, using resources such as Google Images and virtual gallery tours.

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