'The Head Carver ’: Art Extraordinary and the small spaces of the asylum

McGeachan, C. (2017) 'The Head Carver ’: Art Extraordinary and the small spaces of the asylum. History of Psychiatry, 28(1), pp. 58-71. (doi: 10.1177/0957154X16676693) (PMID:27834293)

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This paper uses the unique collection of Scottish outsider art, labelled Art Extraordinary, as a window into the often neglected small spaces of asylum care in the early twentieth century. By drawing upon materials from the Art Extraordinary collection and its associated archives, this paper demonstrates the importance of incorporating small and everyday spaces of care – such as gardens, paths, studios and boats – into the broader historical narratives of psychiatric care in Scotland. Examples of experiential memorialization and counterpoints to asylum surveillance culture will be illuminated. The significance of using ‘outsider’ art collections as a valuable source in tracing geographical histories will be highlighted.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGeachan, Dr Cheryl
Authors: McGeachan, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:History of Psychiatry
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1740-2360
Published Online:10 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in History of Psychiatry 28(1):58-71
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
630871A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and the 'Art Extraordinary' in Scotland (1950 - 1980)Cheryl McGeachanBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG132591SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES