For 20 years Art & Soul has used creative activity and positive community engagement to support individuals with emotional and mental well-being 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.
Since 1998, Art & Soul’s staff and volunteers have coordinated over 20 exhibitions. Since 2007, Art & Soul’s long-standing Art Therapist Julia Ruppert has designed and delivered over 300 unique arts and well-being workshops for Art & Soul. These sessions have taken a positive psychology approach to well-being by identifying strengths and as well as using creative activity to build resilience, self-efficacy and personal resources. Based on the outcomes of the UCL Museums Wellbeing Measures these workshops were found to boost positive emotions by 29% and reduce negative emotions by 48% over the course of a session. Beginning in June 2018, the weekly workshops will pass to art therapist and longtime contributor to Art & Soul, Helen Rennie.
Our Arts for well-being workshops currently run at the Exchange Arts Centre, 75 London Road, Twickenham.
Art & Soul’s 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.
Celebrating Art & Soul’s 20th Anniversary, Kaleidoscope comes to the Stables, Orleans House Gallery, from 12th April to 1 July 2018.
The exhibition includes 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.
Many thanks to the supporters and volunteers who have made this exhibition possible.
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 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.
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.
Art & Soul’s Trustees:
- George Boxley
- Betsy Lewis- Holmes
- Liz Sokoski (Co-Chair)
- Rachel Tranter (Co-Chair and Treasurer)