“Promoting the use of art and creativity to facilitate personal well-being.”
  • Welcome to NIGAT

    NIGAT – Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy.

    NIGAT is a volunteer-led membership organization who promotes the use of Art as Therapy and Art Therapy to facilitate health and well-being.

    Anybody interested in using art and creativity for self-expression is welcome to become a member, or attend our open events.

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  • Mission

    The mission of Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy (NIGAT) is to promote the use of creativity in the arts to enhance wellbeing.

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  • Vision

    Our vision of the future is one where everyone has an understanding of the value of art as therapy and has the opportunity to experience the power of the creative process.

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  • Values

    The following values underpin all aspects of NIGAT:

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  • Creativity

    Creativity is a fundamental human right and has unique power to transform individuals.

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  • Respect

    Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

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  • Inclusion

    Art as therapy is something that everyone can experience. NIGAT is open and welcoming to all.

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  • Safety

    Everyone has the right to feel safe and to have their confidentiality respected

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  • Member-led

    NIGAT is its members. We are committed to working as a team, using the skills and commitment of the members.

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  • Some dates to pop into your diary for the coming year.
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    Dates for your Diary

  • NIGAT hold three day meetings a year. These normally take place on the first Saturday in February, June and October and run from 10-4. These consist of experiential art-making and a variety of presentations relating to creativity and well-being. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. A delicious lunch is also provided. Next Day Meeting - Sat 1st February 2014 10am - 4pm at Ballyowen Day Centre
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    Day Meetings

  • NIGAT has held an Art Therapy Summer School every summer, following the tradition started in 1993. The non-residential summer school is designed all those interested in the therapeutic application of art with children and adults.
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    Summer Schools

  • It has been one of the NIGAT objectives to establish a reading room to house the collection of books that Rita Simon donated to the organisation. After a process of assessing properties, NIGAT is pleased to have the new Rita Simon Reading room.
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    Reading Room