Atkinson, S. and Rubidge, T. (2013) 'Managing the spatialities of arts-based practices with school children : an inter-disciplinary exploration of engagement, movement and well-being.', Arts & health., 5 (1). pp. 39-50.
Background and aims: The article aims to provoke new pathways within arts and health research that engage with the spatialities of arts-based interventions for building social and emotional well-being. We adopt an understanding of social and emotional well-being as a situated and relational effect rather than an individually acquired attribute. Methods: A social scientist and a choreographer both accompanied a mask-making workshop for exploring identity and body language with children aged 5 and 6 at a primary school in the North of England. Results: The collaboration generated an alternative emphasis on movement, rather than behaviour, as the focus of managing spatialities. Conclusions: The arts practitioner has to facilitate a balance of movements that, within the intended practices of the session, can be categorised as controlled, uncontrolled and improvised. This attention to movement enables a versatile conceptualisation of social and emotional well-being that is still situated and relational but also expressive of habituation and improvisation.
|Keywords:||Space, Well-being, Movement, Practice, School children.|
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2012.693938|
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