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ABOUT

Dr Susan Carr

Susan M. D. Carr
Susan M. D. CarrBA (Hons) MA ATH PhD
Artist, Lecturer, Art Therapist, Portrait Painter, Researcher, Writer, Public Speaker.

Dr Susan Carr is an artist, art therapist, researcher and writer, with 12 years experience working in palliative care based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Susan has published articles in academic journals, and presented papers at many national and international conferences. Since completing her PhD in 2015 Susan has written a book entitled Portrait Therapy exploring the theory and practice behind this innovative and pioneering intervention. Susan’s work has also recently attracted a grant from the Arts Council England, to stage the first major exhibition of this work, this will be held at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from 12 July – 10 September 2017 and Susan plans to follow this with a touring exhibition of the portraits, including new works during 2018/2019.

Susan’s professional journey began with a BA (Hons) degree in Design/Illustration at Swindon School of Art in the 1990s, followed by two years as Artist in Residence at Hreod Parkway Secondary School in Swindon. Working with some of the pupils in the ‘Exclusion Unit’ Susan began to see how Art could be used as therapy, and enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire for an MA in Art Therapy. After qualifying Susan worked for 12 years as an art therapist at the Prospect Hospice in Swindon and in 2008 returned to university, this time Loughborough, for her PhD.

Aside from her portrait therapy work Susan takes portrait commissions and also paints impressionist landscapes and seascapes en plein air of which you can find out more by visiting the website: susanmcarr.co.uk

Journal Papers

Carr, S. and Hancock, S. 2017 Healing the inner child through portrait therapy: Illness, identity and childhood trauma. International Journal of Art Therapy, 22 (1): 8-21.

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Carr, S. 2014. Revisioning Self-Identity: The role of portraits, neuroscience and the art therapist’s ‘third hand’. International Journal of Art Therapy, 19 (2): 54-70.

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TESTIMONIALS</span

“Thank you for helping Dad put his life into words and images. Everything you did with Dad is so treasured, thank you always”

Frances

“Thank you for my painting, and most of all for caring”

David

“Thank you for all the support you have given to our patients and families, past and present. It has been a great privilege to watch how you have transformed lives, at very difficult times. There are many pieces of artwork, in many homes, creating many memories”

Myra

“Thank you for painting my portrait! What a great 90th birthday present!”

Reg

“Thank you for my beautiful portraits, and all the care that went into them, they are stunning!”

Mary

“Just thought you’d like to know that Alan was stunned and pleased with your portrait of Mum and that both my brother and sister loved the sketches, as I decided to surprise them at the same time, saying they were a pressie from Mum too, albeit a tear or two was shed!”

Terry

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Portrait Therapy: The Book

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