POLYPHONYJournal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

Call for Submissions: The Creative Arts Therapies, COVID-19 and the Outdoors

Published on Feb 21, 2021 by Polyphony

A POLYPHONY arises out of not just one voice, but many and diverse contributions. It is a combining, not a merging, of simultaneous lines of independent voices or melodies, co-existing in equal measure. As such, Polyphony provides an online space for creative arts therapists in Ireland and beyond to share their insights and innovations. While each contribution retains distinction, they accompany each other as a composition. We follow the IACAT mission “for Creative Arts Therapies to be accessible, visual and valued as an integral part of health, education and social care systems”. We also seek to advance an understanding of how the arts therapies contribute to enriching individual’s lives and environments.

In a time of crises, the creative arts therapies can be a positive mental health intervention for individuals. This special issue explores the ways in which creative arts therapists are reaching out to each other and to individuals, families and communities. In this unprecedented moment, how do we foster nourishment, connection and composure?

Polyphony editors are currently seeking submissions that consider the experience of moving the creative arts therapies outdoors. If you have
adapted your practice to an outdoor location, incorporated natural or found materials, or the creation of a bespoke outdoor therapeutic space, we are interested in reading about (and viewing) your innovations in practice.


How does the natural or built environment, the weather, or the season, inform your work? What experiences, prompts, or resources can be found outside?

If you have adapted to client work or artmaking outside, Polyphony would like to hear from you!

Both articles and videos are welcome.

Submissions might consider (but are not limited to):

  • Outdoor therapy - opportunities and challenges
  • Innovative ways for arts therapists to connect and share resources.
  • Digital forms of therapy provision.
  • The use of new technologies and materials in the creative arts therapies.
  • Changing the way education is offered, e.g. online platforms.
  • Technical development / technological overwhelm / virtual identity.
  • Personal narratives and professional identity within social distancing.
  • Self-expression and creativity.

As a global community of arts therapists, we welcome individual and collaborative case studies, reflections, articles, artwork, podcasts, videos, and more. Please provide a written narrative to contextualise visual media.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions should be no more than 2000 words. Please send high-resolution images in jpeg files, ensuring that files are labelled with the titles of the artwork. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo before they can be linked to the journal. Submission should follow the Harvard Style for citations, references and artwork captions. See the submissions link for style guidance. 

Contact Co-Editors Maggie O’Neill and Pamela Whitaker at journaleditor@iacat.ie with any queries.