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Unnur Ottarsdottir

Born 27th August 1962

Education

1998–2006 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom, PhD in art therapy.

1988–1991 Pratt Institute, New York, M.A. in art therapy.

1983–1986 Iceland University of Education, Reykjavík, B.Ed. in teaching.

2013-2015 Iceland University of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Reykjavik

2014 The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Kuno-express course, Helsinki

2007-2010 Iceland Academy of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Reykjavik

2010 Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Kuno-express course, Copenhagen

2010 Estonian Academy of Arts, Kuno-express course, Tallinn

2001-2005 Akureyri Art Academy, Diploma of Fine Arts, Akureyri

Work Experience

2019 Hosting a meeting with the Second Lady of the United States at Art Therapy Ottarsdottir.

2018– International Erasmus project led by the Iceland University of the Arts. Social Inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices (SWAIP). Steering group.

2003– The Reykjavik Academy, independent researcher. Research and work on academic papers.

1991– Art Therapy Ottarsdottir, director and independent art therapist.

2014– The Icelandic University of the Arts. Lecturer. Art therapy in Education I, foundation courses (4 credits).

2013– Continuing Education Department of University of Akureyri. Part-time teaching. Art Therapy, foundation courses, Akureyri (5 credits).

2016 The Icelandic University of the Arts. Lecturer. Art therapy in Education II, foundation course (6 credits).

2015 Art Therapy Association Romania, teaching. Art therapy for children who have experienced trauma. Courses for psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, and others who work with children who have experienced trauma.

2013–2014 The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Supervision of MA student.

2010 Continuing Education - University of Iceland, art therapy teacher. Family Art Therapy. MA course.

2010 Bifröst University, examiner at MA viva for the thesis: Exhibition- and criticism part of children's art creation in art education at primary school level.

2005-2006 University of Akureyri, member of a committee for art therapy education.

2002 Organisation of courses in Iceland: Creative Dimension: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Teachers: Dr Janek Dubowski and Richard Hougham.

2001 Continuing Education - University of Iceland, organiser of courses. Storybooks on the Classroom. Teacher: Robin Campbell, Professor. Art therapy and autism. Art therapy for Increased Self-esteem. Teacher: Dr Janek Dubowski.

1999–2000 Árbæjarskóli, secondary school. Art therapist, researcher. Art therapy and special education for children with specific learning difficulties who have experienced stress and/or trauma. Research in connection with doctoral studies at University of Hertfordshire.

1995–1997 Kópavogsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist and special education teacher.

1994–1995 Þinghólsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist and special education teacher.

1994–1995 Department of Sports and Leisure in Reykjavík, teaching. Courses on art therapy for employees at community centres.

1992–1994 Secondary schools, introduction. Introduction to art therapy for employees of elementary schools.

1994 Icelandic Management Association, part-time teaching. Course on creative management.

1991–1994 Iceland College of Pre-School Teachers (Fóstruskóli Íslands), part-time teaching. Art therapy course.

1991–1994 High school Kópavogur, part-time teaching. Preparatory studies, integration of Icelandic lessons and art therapy. Art therapy with groups.

1990–1991 Snælandsskóli, secondary school. Art therapist. Individual and group art therapy.

1986–1990 Snælandsskóli, secondary school, school teacher. General teaching of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-old children.

1982–1983 Secondary school Ísafjörður, school teacher. General teaching of 6 and 10-year- old children.

Publications

2019 Unnið úr tilfinningum og námsefni lagt á minnið með minnisteikningu. Icelandic translation of the article: (2018) Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework Through Memory Drawing. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine 9 (1). Glæður 29 pp. 72-85.

2019 Ethical Concern when Applying Drawing for Memory: Research Conducted in Iceland. In: Audrey Di Maria (Ed.). Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in Art Therapy (pp. 266-272). New York: Routledge.

2019 Unnið úr tilfinningum og námsefni lagt á minnið með minnisteikningu. Icelandic translation of the article: (2018) Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework Through Memory Drawing. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine 9 (1). ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine 10(1). Retrieved from: http://journals.gold.ac.uk/index.php/atol/article/view/549/pdf.

2018 Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 9(1). Retrieved from: http://journals.gold.ac.uk/index.php/atol/article/view/486/pdf.

2018 Art therapy to Address Emotional Well-being of Children who have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. In: A. Zubala & V. Karkou (Eds.), Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Depression: International Research in the Arts Therapies (pp. 30-47). Oxford: Routledge.

2013 Grunduð kenning og teiknaðar skýringarmyndir. (Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams). In: Sigríður Halldórsdóttir (Ed.), Handbók í aðferðafræði rannsókna (pp. 361-375). Akureyri: University of Akureyri.

2010 Writing-images. Art Therapy, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 27(1), 32-39.

2010 Art Therapy in Education for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties Who Have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. In: V. Karkou (Ed.), Arts Therapies in Schools: Research and Practice (pp. 145-160). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

2005 Art Therapy in Education: for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties Who Have Experienced Stress and/or Trauma. (Unpublished Ph.D. thesis). University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England.

2005 Art therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. In L. Kossolapow, S. Scoble & D. Waller (Eds.), European Arts Therapy: Different Approaches to a Unique Discipline (pp. 92-96). London: Transaction Publishers.

2004 Skólanám fellt inn í listmeðferð. (Integrating Coursework into Art Therapy). Glæður, 14(2), 19-25.

2004 Listmeðferð og nám. (Art Therapy and Education). Heimili og skóli, júlí, 18-19.

Lectures

2019 Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. The American Art Therapy Association Conference. Celebrating 50 Years of Healing Through Art. Kansas City, MO.

2019 Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. The International Practice/Research Conference. Queen Mary’s University, London.

2018 Research on Processing Emotions through Memory Drawing. Open public lecture at University of Goldsmiths, London.

2018 Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. Four open public lectures at the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik.

2018 Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing. Keynote speaker, 20th Nordic Art Therapies Conference, Hveragerdi, Iceland.

2018 Research through Art. Fullveldismaraþon, the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik.

2016 Art Therapy in Education. The art educators’ day: … share, communicate, create. Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik.

2016 Art Educational Therapy for Literacy Learning and Emotional Well-being. International Scientific Events. Education, Research & Development, Bulgaria.

2016 Art Therapy Research, Grounded Theory and Drawn Diagrams. Embodied eyes: Contemporary Arts Therapies. Nordic Art Therapy Seminar, Helsinki, Finland.

2016 Art Therapy and Creativity. Spring conference. The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre, Reykjavik.

2015 Art Therapy and Writing-images. Lecture for personnel at Millfields Community School, London.

2014 Writing-images: For Enhancing Emotional Well-being and Facilitating Coursework Learning. Paper given at a Nordic seminar in the creative arts therapies: Sounds from the Deep. Sandefjord, Norway.

2014 Þátttakendur virkjaðir: Listamaður – fræðimaður / Listgreinakennari – almennur kennari. (Inspiring the Participants: Artist – academic / Art Education Teacher – Coursework Teacher). Workshop held and paper given at the Icelandic Teachers Union, Reykjavík.

2014 Nú er námsfærni endurheimt með skrifmyndum (Now We Reclaim Educational Abilities through Writing-images). H-21 Symposium Reykjavík Academy, Reykjavík.

2013 Frjó fræðimennska – fræðileg myndlist (Creative Research – Academic Art). Paper given at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts at a conference on research and creativity, Hugarflug, Reykjavík.

2013 Writing-images. Paper given at International Art Therapy Conference. Finding a Voice, Making Your Mark: Defining Art Therapy for the 21st Century: Goldsmiths, London.

2013 Art Therapy. Paper given at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art.

2012 Grounded Theory with Drawn Diagrams. Paper given at the Iceland Academy of the Arts at a conference on research and creativity, Hugarflug, Reykjavík.

2012 Art Therapy. Paper given at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art. Reykjavik.

2011 Art Therapy and Education. Paper given at the Icelandic Art Therapy Association. Reykjavik.

2011 Art Therapy with Adults. Paper given at the NLFI Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. Hveragerdi.

2011 Art Therapy with Children. Papers given at Department of Sports and Leisure in Reykjavík.

2010 Grunduð kenning sem rannsóknaraðferð (Grounded Theory as Research Method). Paper given at University of Akureyri. Fourth conference about qualitative research, Akureyri.

2005 Art Therapy and Writing-images. Paper given at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education. ECArTE. Arts Therapies: Grounding the Vision: to Advance Theory and Practice, University of Crete.

2005 Listmeðferð og nám. (Art Therapy and Education). Paper given at the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavík.

2005 Listmeðferð og myndskrift. (Art Therapy and Writing Images). Paper given at the Iceland University of Education, Reykjavik.

2004 Art Therapy and Education for Children Who Have Experienced Emotional Difficulties and/or Trauma and Have Difficulty with Learning. Paper given at University of Hertfordshire, England.

2004 Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavík.

2003 Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education. ECArTE. Arts Therapy: Recognized Discipline or Soul-Graffiti?, Madrid.

2003 Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Icelandic Educational Research Association (IERA) at the Icelandic research centre: Gróska og margbreytileiki, Reykjavík.

2003 Art Therapy in Education for Children with Emotional and Specific Learning Difficulties. Paper given at the Iceland University of Education conference: Skóli fyrir alla, Reykjavík.

Extracurricular Activities

2019 Participation in a Roundtable entitled Art Therapy in Education:  Challenges, Opportunity and Best Practice (invitation). The International Practice/Research Conference. Queen Mary’s University, London.

2018 Consultant regarding selection of lectures for an International Practice/Research Conference.

2015 Iceland Academy of the Arts. Research committee.

2008-2013 Icelandic Art Therapy Association. Member of the Board.

2006 In a committee at University of Akureyri, on behalf of the Icelandic Art Therapy Association,  on the possibilities of instigating MA art therapy education at the University.

2006-2008 Icelandic Art Therapy Association. Chairman.

2004-2006 Icelandic Art Therapy Association. Cashier.

1996 One of the main organisers for the Nordic Art Therapy Conference held in Iceland, entitled Art Therapy and Abuse, on behalf of the Icelandic Art Therapy Association. The Nordic House, Reykjavik.

Grants

2019 Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)

2019 Hagþenkir

2018 ERASMUS plus

2017 Hagþenkir

2015 MUGGUR

2014 ERASMUS plus

2014 Hagþenkir

2013 Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)

2012 Hagþenkir

2010 Nordplus

2010 Nordplus

2007 Menningarsjóður Félagsheimila

Group Exhibitions

2019 Trust - Bragginn, Kopasker, Iceland

2018 Tomma Rum - Lilla galleriet, The bath house, Västervik, Sweden

2017 Pillars - Læknaminjasafnið, Seltjarnarnes

2017 As Crazy - Mengi, Reykjavik

2017 Tomma Rum - Gula Huset, Uddebo, Sweden

2016 High tide - Læknaminjasafnið, Seltjarnarnes

2016 Tomma Rum - Lilla galleriet, IFÖ center, Bromölla, Sweden

2015 Monstra de Residéncias Largo Das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015 Hústaka II - Bergstaðastræti 25, Reykjavik

2015 Kunstschlager stofa - Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik

2015 Autumn exhibition - Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri

2015 Graduation Exhibition - Kopavogur Art Museum, Kopavogur

2014 Fjarvera Nærveru - Læknaminjasafnið, Seltjarnarnes

2013 Höstsalongen 2013 - Edsvik Kunstall, Sollentuna, Sweden

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Vinnslan, Reykjavik

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Verbúð Húsavík, Husavik

2012 Avant-garður - Miklubraut 62, Reykjavik

2012 Netverk bókverka - The Nordic House, Reykjavik

2012 MÓT - Kaffistofan Nemendagallerí LHÍ, Reykjavik

2011 Ólavsökuframsýning - The Faroe Islands National Art Museum, Tórshavn

2010 Sýnilegt myrkur - Hugmyndahúsið, Reykjavik

2010 Þúfubarð - Gallery 002, Hafnarfjordur

2010 Slip my mind - Hugmyndahúsið, Reykjavik

2010 Silkiþrykk - The Icelandic Printmakers Association Gallery, Reykjavik

2010 USS - Edinborg Cultural Centre, Isafjordur

2010 Graduation Exhibition - Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik

2010 Sjálfsmyndir - BOXIÐ, Akureyri

2009 Sjálfsmyndir - SÍM-húsið, Reykjavik

2009 Sjálfsmyndir - Kaffistofan Nemendagallerí LHÍ, Reykjavik

2009 Sjálfsmyndir - Bragginn, Kópaskeri

2009 Comodin Silverhammer Curates - Lost Horse Gallery, Reykjavik

2009 Sultan Eldmóður - Bakkus, Reykjavik

2009 Everything but Iceland - Gallerí Crymogæa, Reykjavik

2009 “46” - Kornhauschen, Aschaffenburg, Germany

2009 Opnunarsýning Crymogæa - Gallerí Crymogæa, Reykjavik

2009 LAUGA VEGURINN - START ART, Reykjavik

2009 Skyssa - Kaffistofan Nemendagallerí LHÍ, Reykjavik

2008 Grálist engin smálist - Deiglan, Akureyri

2007 Sprotar í myndlist - Deiglan, Akureyri

2007 Gallerí Víðátta 601 - Hrafnagilsskóli, Akureyri

2004 Bókverk-Bókalist - Handverk og hönnun, Reykjavik

2004 Bókverk-Bóklist - LÁ Art Museum, Hveragerdi

2004 María Mey - Safnaðarheimili Akureyrarkirkju, Akureyri

2004 María Mey - Bragginn, Kópaskeri

2000 The Body - The Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik

Duo Exhibitions

2017 Dunnas Laboratory - Mjólkurbúðin, Akureyri

2015 Speculating - Mosfellsbær Art Museum, Mosfellsbær

2015 A year in the artworld - Anarkía, Kopavogur

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Vinnslan, Reykjavik

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Isafjordur Art Museum, Isafjordur

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Echo - The Cube, Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik

2012 Waterfall-Walk - The Association of Icelandic Artists Gallery, Reykjavik

2012 Moved by Iceland - Skörin, Reykjavik

2012 Waterfall-Walk - Hof Cultural and Conference Center, Akureyri

2012 Waterfall-Walk - Mjólkurbúðin, Akureyri

2008 Postwoman - Café Karólína, Akureyri

2007 Book life - The Reykjavík Academy, Reykjavik

Residencies

2018 Tomma Rum - Västervik, Sweden

2017 Tomma Rum - Uddebo, Sweden

2016 Tomma Rum - Bromölla, Sweden

2015 Largo Das Artes - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Curatorial Projects - walking exhibitions

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Vinnslan, Reykjavik

2013 Waterfall-Walk - Verbúð Húsavík, Husavik

2012 Waterfall-Walk - Hof Cultural and Conference Centre, Akureyri

2012 Waterfall-Walk - Mjólkurbúðin, Akureyri

2009 Self-images - Kaffistofan Nemendagallerí LHÍ, Reykjavik

Educational performance

2013 Reflection-participating-educational-performance - Mosfellsbaer Art Museum, Mosfellsbaer

2013 Mirroring-participating-educational-performance - The Cube, Icelandic Academy of the Arts

Exhibition guidance

2015 Graduation exhibition - Kópavogur Art Museum, Kopavogur

2010 Graduation exhibition - Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik

2007 Book life - The Reykjavík Academy, Reykjavik