The Adamson Festival celebrated the life and work of Edward Adamson (1911-1996), visionary pioneer of art as therapyand creator of the Adamson Collection; and the thirty year anniversary of the publication of Adamson’s and John Timlin’s book, ‘Art of Healing’ in 1984. The Adamson Festival was the first major survey of Adamson’s work since his death.

The Festival revisited Adamson’s approach to using art and creativity to enable people’s recovery and healing, through engagement with professionals, service users and artists working with art to promote psychological recovery, and with creative arts therapists from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.



Adamson’s and Timlin’s book, “Art as Healing” won MIND Book of Year award in 1985. It is a major text on art as therapy, and the Adamson Collection, but has been out of print since 1991. In 2014 Adamson Collection Trust (ACT) reprinted “Art as Healing” in a limited facsimile edition of 2,000 copies.

At £25 including postage and packaging , it is currently available from