Registration is OPEN for the ‘Kaleidoscope’ Exhibition!
For almost 20 years Art & Soul has used creative activity and positive community engagement to support individuals with emotional and mental wellbeing challenges living in South West London. In June 2017 we became a registered charity (1173268) and welcomed Sir Vince Cable as our patron.
Art & Soul’s programme includes weekly arts workshops, outreach and taster sessions, pop-up exhibitions and a biennial exhibition of artwork created by both our main group and extended network of members. Our programme of arts and wellbeing workshops is delivered by our partners at Collective Arts (www.collective-arts.org).
Workshop sessions take a positive psychology approach to well-being. This means they focus on identifying strengths as well as using creative activity to build resilience, self-efficacy and personal resources. Based on the outcomes of the UCL Museums Wellbeing Measures (ucl.ac.uk/culture/projects/ucl-museum-wellbeing-measures) these workshops boost positive emotions by 29% and reduce negative emotions by 48% between the beginning and end of each session.
Our Arts for wellbeing workshops currently run at the Exchange Arts Centre, 75 London Road, Twickenham, www.exchangetwickenham.co.uk.
Our members and Trustees:
Over the years we have had the privilege of seeing many of our members go on to incredible achievements including film-making, solo exhibitions, running their own art workshops and returning to work, education and volunteering activities. Equally, however, we celebrate the hugely important accomplishments of members who take a proactive role in the enhancement of their well-being by attending our weekly workshops and events. Many of our participants self-refer or find us via NHS referring partners, local surgeries or by attending our taster sessions. Currently, over 30 individuals regularly attend our core workshops.
We gratefully acknowledge the practical resources, peer support and member skills that together enhance our programme and its development.
Our trustees, whose hard work and commitment make our programme possible, include a team of arts professionals, academics, educators, designers, filmmakers and service users.
2018 Upcoming Exhibitions:
Celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Kaleidoscope comes to the Stables, Orleans House Gallery in the Spring of 2018.
This exhibition is open to individuals, groups and centres who use creative activity to support mental health and wellbeing.
We want your artwork and creative writing for this show! Please click the above registration link to take part.
Our Colour Outside the Lines exhibition enjoyed a residency at The Old Town Hall in Richmond while a “pop-up” exhibition toured a range of libraries in Richmond borough. This pop-up exhibition is currently on display at the Exchange Arts Centre.
Held at The Stables, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, our 2016 exhibition Flow of Life, attracted over 3700 visitors. The event also included a short film directed by group member and Art & Soul Co-chair Liz Sokoski. In the spring of 2017, this film was shown at the International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol.
Plans for Kalediscope, our 20th-anniversary exhibition are now underway.
Over the past year, Art & Soul has been generously supported by The Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity, The Richmond Parish Lands Charity, Community Learning and NHS Healthwatch. Previous support has come from National funding bodies including Time to Change and Awards for All.