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19:15 - 20:45


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Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common Northside
London, SW4 0QW
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creativity and the visual in art and psychoanalysis

Faye Carey and Patricia Townsend have in common backgrounds and work practices that embrace both art and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. They have both recently written books that address these themes from different perspectives, and look forward to sharing their thoughts on their work- particularly with regard to the source and the development of creative practice- in conversation between themselves, and with the wider audience. The event will be introduced by Serena Heller.

Patricia Townsend’s book ‘Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process’ takes the reader inside the creative process through interviews with professional artists and through Townsend’s analysis of her own art-making. She draws on the writing of Donald Winnicott, Marion Milner and Christopher Bollas to present the artist’s process as a series of interconnected and overlapping stages, in which there is a movement between the artist’s inner world, the outer world of shared ‘reality’, and the spaces in-between. 

Faye Carey’s book, The Place of the Visual in Psychoanalytic Practice: Image in the Countertransference, explores the relative disappearance of the visual element in contemporary psychoanalytic practice, so present in the early days of psychoanalysis in its emphasis, for example, on the value of dream imagery. She makes a case for recovering this component, and the related skill in employing it as a therapeutic tool, through developing  a more conscious attention to the imagery of reverie and daydream in the mind of the working therapist. 


about the speakers

Patricia Townsend, PhD, is an artist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She was formerly (as Patricia Marsden) consultant psychotherapist at St George’s Hospital Eating Disorders Service. As an artist, she works with video, photography and installation and her solo exhibition ‘Black Sun/Blue Light’ was recently shown at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home in Coniston.

Dr. Faye Carey is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice, with a background in art and art education. Her book, The Place of the Visual in Psychoanalytic Practice: image in the countertransference was published in 2018 (Routledge) and she has contributed a chapter to the recently published Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent: In Mythology, History, Politics and Art, ed. J. Burke (2019, Routledge). Faye is a Fellow of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and continues to chair the training for the outgoing LCP.


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standard ticket £ 14.00
bpf member ticket £ 12.00
trainees £ 8.00