Motivation to be an artist: insights relevant to mental health

Daniel, Ryan (2018) Motivation to be an artist: insights relevant to mental health. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 4 (3). pp. 21-32.

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Despite the challenges associated with sustaining a career as an artist, enrolments in tertiary arts programs remain strong. The research question which underpinned this study was the extent to which artists’ motivations reflect mental health issues and whether there are implications for higher education providers. Interviews were held with twelve undergraduate artists as well as twelve artists practicing in industry, to explore what motivates them to pursue or continue a career as an artist. The interviews revealed a range of issues relevant to mental health, including what drives individuals to be an artist, what sustains their interest despite considerable challenges, and the potential for artists to be affected by or at risk of mental health conditions. The findings propose implications for higher education providers of degrees in the arts, in terms of the policies and procedures that are put in place to support both staff and students.

Item ID: 56202
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2201-1323
Keywords: motivation; artists; mental health
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 23:25
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360503 Digital and electronic media art @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420103 Music therapy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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