For 20 years Art & Soul has used creative activity to support emotional and mental well-being for people 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 regular workshop attendees and extended network of members.

Since 1998, Art & Soul’s staff and volunteers have coordinated over 20 exhibitions and led ov

er 300 expressive arts workshops.  Based on recent outcomes of the outcomes of the UCL Museums Wellbeing Measures these workshops are found to enhance wellbeing by 34 % over each session. Workshop sessions are currently led by Art Therapist, Helen Rennie. Please email info@artandsoul.org.uk for further information and referrals.

Taster sessions:

In the fall of 2018, Art Therapist Julia Ruppert will deliver two grant-funded arts for wellbeing taster sessions.

Dates: Thursday, November 15 and 22nd,  10:30 -1:30

Venue: The Exchange Arts Centre, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE

Please email info@artandsoul.org.uk to book a place.

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

Special mention:

Congratulations to Art & Soul member Alan Cartwright whose painting ‘Messing about on the Thames” was not only selected in the top 20 of 150 Artist contributions to Richmond Magazine‘s “Glorious Richmond” competition but also won the Public Vote.

A superb result for a talented artist!

 

2018  Exhibitions: 

Celebrating Art & Soul’s 20th Anniversary, Kaleidoscope ran at comes to the Stables, Orleans House Gallery, from 12th April to 1 July 2018.

The exhibition included a diverse range of work from individuals, groups and centres using creative activity to support mental health and wellbeing and a kinesthetic retrospective of Art & Soul’s roots and 20-year history by Collective Arts.

Many thanks to the supporters and volunteers who made this exhibition possible.

Kaleidoscope, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Exhibitions

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.

 

2016 Exhibitions:

Held at The Stables, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, our 2016 exhibition Flow of Life,  attracted over 3700 visitors. The event included a short film directed by group member and Art & Soul Co-chair, Liz Sokoski. This film was shown at the International Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol in the  spring of 2017.

Plans for Kalediscope, our 20th-anniversary exhibition are now underway.

Funding:

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.