Arts for the Blues

Arts for the Blues and Arts4Us

Arts for the Blues is involved in a new mental health project for children and young people which has won £2.5million from UKRI. The Arts4Us project will bring together the best practice in arts and arts therapies in one digital platform, making it easier for young people and their families to find crucial help. It […]

Arts for the Blues in the news

Arts for the Blues has had some great press coverage in recent weeks, including an appearance of Prof Scott Thurston on That’s TV: Please see the links below for further coverage in print media:

Arts for the Blues wins new AHRC grant funding

Arts for the Blues, an evidenced-based creative psychological therapy developed by Prof Scott Thurston as a collaborative partnership between the University of Salford and Edge Hill University, has been awarded £50,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) package. The two-day course, supported by a website and […]

Arts for the Blues at the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington DC

Prof Scott Thurston and colleagues Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston (Salford, Health and Society) and Prof Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill) of the Arts for the Blues team recently presented at the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual convention held in Washington DC on 2-6 August. Arts for the Blues was featured twice, amongst the 2000+ presentations in this […]

Together Un/Tethered: a new performance from Arts for the Blues

Scott Thurston and the team behind Arts for the Blues have premiered a new performance which will tour England’s North-west this Summer in collaboration with Liverpool Lighthouse. Together Un/Tethered is an immersive performance interweaving movement, spoken word, innovative soundscape, projection and live cellist exploring themes of separation, connection, new possibilities and understanding. Inspired by the […]

New publication for Arts for the Blues

We are delighted to announce the latest publication from the Arts for the Blues team, in the Journal of Applied Arts and Health. The abstract of the piece, entitled ‘Dancing the Blues: An interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and therapists’, is as follows: Creative practice differs widely across the contexts of artistic performance and therapy. In […]

Award for Arts for the Blues presentation

Prof Scott Thurston and the Arts for the Blues team, comprised of researchers at the University of Salford and Edge Hill University, were delighted to receive an award for their presentation to the Fifth International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy which took place in June. The presentation team, including Kathleen Kwakye-Donkor, Joanna Leather, Vicky […]

AHRC funding for Arts for the Blues

We are delighted to report that Scott Thurston has received a major funding award (£180k) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to develop the Arts for the Blues project, a collaboration with Joanna Omylinska-Thurston (University of Salford and NHS) and Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill University). The award is entitled: Arts for the Blues: Towards […]

Arts for the Blues and NICE consultation

The Arts for the Blues project has recently published an article ‘Arts for the Blues: The development of a new evidence-based creative group psychotherapy for depression’ which has been selected for inclusion in a new special virtual issue of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research to coincide with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) […]

Arts for the Blues at the Met / WHO

A film about the Arts for the Blues project that Scott Thurston co-founded with Prof Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill) and Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston (Salford/NHS) with participation of other Salford colleagues (Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall and Ailsa Parsons) was included as part of the Healing Arts Symposium hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the World […]