Making Art for Making Place

Making Art for Making Place: The Effect of Visual Art in a Transitional Care Setting

Research Team: Alison Phinney (PI), Landon Mackenzie, Michael Wilson

Funder: UBC Hampton Fund Research Grant

Project description: Students from Emily Carr University created paintings for Yale Road Centre, a transitional care facility in Surrey, BC. We are conducting a focused ethnography, conducting observations and interviewing students, staff, and residents to learn more the benefits of the art for people with dementia.

There is growing interest internationally in the potential for visual art in health care facilities to promote healing and wellness for patients, but the evidence base is very limited. Therefore, the specific aims of this study are: (1) to explore how paintings contribute to place-making by providing orientation cues and opportunities for social and emotional engagement of residents; and (2) to understand how the process of creating these paintings can influence students’ understanding of the social impact of their art.