Episode 06: creating links in London: An interview with art psychotherapist Jon Martyn and Carolyn Krueger

Podcast about art therapy and ways to work creatively with displacement, trauma and difference

An interview with Jon Martyn – conducted by Carolyn Krueger

In this interview Jon Martyn speaks about a community-oriented art studio approach in his work with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Jon Martyn qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2009 and he has worked with migration, abuse, political violence and trauma over the past decade. He now runs a private practice in the London Art Therapy Centre, provides clinical supervision and training at Goldsmiths University. Jon co-founded the New Art Studio; a therapeutic art studio for asylum seekers and refugees together with art psychotherapist Tania Kaczynski.

Books that have inspired Jon’s work are:
“Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration and Feminist Psychology”
by Oliva M. Espín and A. Dottolo

“Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right”
by Elizabeth Fekete

Publications written by Jon are:
Martyn, J., 2019. Can Exhibiting Art Works from Therapy be Considered a Therapeutic Process?. Art Therapy Online, 10(1).

Brown, C., Martyn, J. and Skaife, S., 2017. Exhibition Review. Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways: Selected Artists from the Adamson Collection. Peltz Gallery. Art Therapy Online, 8(2).

Martyn, J., 2017. ‘Gold goggles’: The myopia of institutional transference. Art Therapy Online, 8(1).

Website with samples of the artwork made at the New Art Studio:


Music by Christian Umlauf, Olly and Joshua Booth

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