Iniva Creative Learning

What do relationships mean to you?

Boxed set of 30 Contemporary Art Cards with commentary & questions exploring sexual identities and intimate relationships.

Intimacy, sexual identities, love... what does it all mean?
Making sense of our relationships and of the context for these experiences is something that, throughout time, artists from different disciplines and diverse cultures, have recognised the importance of. Sometimes this task requires that we explore our past and present from multiple perspectives.

What do relationships mean to you? is the latest emotional learning resource in our series, using visual art to explore sexual identities and intimate relationships. These cards use contemporary art to support reflection on key themes ranging from what makes a relationship meaningful, emotionally enriching and sustainable through to how we articulate sexual difference and alternative sexualities. Needless to say, a good relationship with our inner self is where it all starts!

Designed to stimulate discussion, art making, personal reflection, diary writing, storytelling and creative play; the cards can help to make sense of life experiences, open up new ways of thinking about emotions and encourage free expression.

Each of the 30 cards includes:
- On the front: an image of an artwork by a contemporary artist.
- On the back: descriptive text informed by psychoanalytic thinking reflecting on specific relationship themes + open questions to prompt exploration.

Featured Artists: 
Jannane Al-Ani, Alina Azadeh, Farah Bajull , Phoebe Boswell, Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Helen Chadwick, George Chakravarti, Neha Choksi, Sarah Cole, Song Dong, Meschac Gaba, Sheila Ghelani, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joy Gregory, Shilpa Gupta, Zhi Holloway, Deborah Kelly, Mouna Karray, Mem Morrison, Chris Ofili, Imran Qureshi, Sheena Rose, The Singh Twins, Zineb Sedira, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Salote Tawale, Christian Thompson, Joanna Vasconcelos, Campbell X

 What people say:

“The quality of the images and the design make the A-Z of Leadership an extremely valuable resource. The cards create a 'way in' to various topics and can be used time and again to explore a range of leadership themes and related issues. Effective dialogue and communication are essential for leadership success whether at home, in our social life or in the workplace - these cards help to facilitate this in a unique and powerful way.

- Prue Barnes-Kemp, Executive Head Teacher, Head of the Virtual Leadership Academy, Essex & Educational Consultant

"The most amazing asset in the counseling room - worth their weight in gold!"

Cathie Farthing (Head of Psychology, Queen Anne's School)

"I have been using these cards with an 11 year old child, who struggles to communicate her feelings. The cards have proven a great resource in opening up conversations and providing insight into her wishes and feelings to inform a Child Protection Plan."

- Family Therapist, Hackney Social Care, London

"These cards effectively combine thought-provoking contemporary art images with stimulating questions that highlight themes relating to social identity, gender and the meanings we give to our experiences."

- Diane Waller OBE (Professor of Art Psychotherapy)

"I frequently use the Emotional Learning Cards in Art Therapy assessment sessions. They facilitate clients to talk about themselves when the therapeutic relationship is not established yet and making a mark on a “blank canvas” can seem so daunting. The cards inspire interesting conversations and help pull out important themes that may guide the sessions thereafter. A very useful tool to have in the therapy room."

- Diana Kagiafa (Art Psychotherapist, Trinity Hospice & Sessional lecturer, Goldsmiths College, MA in Art Psychotherapy)

"They offer an exciting and refreshing way of reading images."

- Aesthetica magazine

"The cards are beautiful, very useful to facilitate conversations and as part of a group exercise."

- Dr Jo Allen

"We were struck by how the ambiguity and unusualness of the images could provoke conversation and tangents of thought."

- Feedback from user


Iniva Creative Learning believes that contemporary art can stimulate our understanding of the world around and within us. A partnership between Iniva and A Space, Iniva Creative Learning produces resources to support teachers and therapists in facilitating important conversations and deepening emotional insight.