Today there is an increasing interest in the benefits of using art in the field of health-care. This interest is to be welcomed and applauded - the work done by artists within health settings has for too long been dismissed as merely discretionary, or worse still, upsetting. This increased appeal, however, is also creating divisions. Divisions between those who see themselves primarily as artists and those who see themselves primarily as therapists.
Australia Council funded writer-in-residence Fiona Place examines the use of literature in therapeutic communities. Informed by social semiotics her perspective is unique.