What stands out in the articles in this issue, for us, is the depth of thinking.  Thinking is sorely needed at a time when neo-liberalist agendas push the art therapy profession further and further into a realm which favours simplistic methods and narrow goals, where the subversive, anarchic aspects of art, and the freedom involved in bringing ‘whatever’ into open-ended therapeutic relationships, is seen as a luxury of the past, even perhaps, as transgressive. There is a split between theory and practice involved here and we need to start thinking of theory making itself as a practice and to recognise that all that we say and do is inseparable from it, and is political. This understanding is behind the papers published in this issue

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