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


The important meetings and events for NIGAT throughout the year are the Day Meetings, the Summer School and the AGM which all offer the opportunity to come together with other members, or for non-members to learn more about NIGAT, Art Therapy and Art as Therapy.



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Summer Schools

NIGAT has held an Art Therapy Summer School every summer, following the tradition started in 1993. The dynamic residential summer school is designed for art therapists, therapists, counsellors, artists, teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, psychiatrists, probation officers, workers in statutory and voluntary agencies, prospective art therapy students, and all those interested in the therapeutic application of art with children and adults.

It runs for a long weekend and includes a combination of presentations and experiential workshops. The Summer School provides a unique forum for persons: interested in using art-making to maintain and/or promote well-being interested in exploring art-making for personal development interested in pursuing Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy as a profession generally wishing to gain / extend their awareness of the nature of Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy.

Please note: the NIGAT Summer School will neither qualify persons as art therapists, nor it is to be seen as personal therapy, rather it will provide an introduction and/or extend ideas and skills.

Bursaries: Several bursary places are offered for NIGAT members to attend the full Summer School. For full details of the bursary scheme please download the brochure or send an email.

Continuing Professional Development: Where relevant attendance can be counted towards CPD. CPD certificates can be issued on request.

Summer School 2018

Our 2018 Art Therapy Summer School will be running from the Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August! This will be NIGAT's 26th Annual Art Therapy Summer School and the theme will be "Re-framing". The venue will be the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.

NB. The 2018 NIGAT Art Therapy Summer School brochure and registration form are available now.