DrawingOut: An innovative drawing workshop method to support the generation and dissemination of research findings

Sofia Gameiro, Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Lisa El Rafaie, Alida Payson

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A growing body of literature has explored the potential for arts-based methods to generate and disseminate research, particularly on sensitive or complex topics. This article presents DrawingOut, a metaphor-centred drawing workshop designed to collect visual and textual data about individuals' experiences of sensitive or taboo health experiences. The visual data, consisting of the artwork produced by participants, and the textual data, all conversations and discussions occurring during the workshop, can also be used to create engaging outputs for dissemination. We piloted DrawingOut in a study of nine women with a minority ethnic or religious background in Cardiff, UK. The women were invited to participate in a series of structured drawing activities. The conversations occurring during the workshop
were recorded and then subjected to thematic analysis. Results showed that women's
views and experiences could be grouped in eight major themes covering their wellbeing, relationship with others, and healthcare views and experiences. We produced an A5 16-page booklet that presents the pilot study results, illustrated with participants' own drawings and quotes, which was disseminated among participants, their community and other relevant stakeholders. This pilot study supports the view that healthcare actors can use the DrawingOut method to engage people to talk about sensitive health topics, while simultaneously providing them with an enjoyable and empowering research experience. In our pilot study the DrawingOut was successful in eliciting rich visual and textual data that captures a diversity of views and experiences, with the added benefit that these can be used to produce engaging outputs for dissemination.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0203197
JournalPLoS One
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2018


  • Art
  • Attitude to Health
  • Communication
  • Education/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility/psychology
  • Information Dissemination/methods
  • Pilot Projects
  • Research
  • Wales


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