Picturing organizations: A visual exploration of the unconscious at work

Jill Westwood


This article describes and considers the process and outcome of an experiential workshop
held in the 'Art & Aesthetics of the Unconscious' stream at the second 'Art of Management &
Organization Conference', Paris, 2004. The workshop was designed to introduce participants to
an art therapy approach to explore the organizations in which they work. Through this process
the intention was to consider and explore the potential of using art therapy in the context of
organizational management. With particular focus on considering how it may assist with
interventions where surfacing the unconscious material or psychodynamics of the organization
may be useful in gaining insight into the organization and shape helpful responses.

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