As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Brighter Futures customers will be showcasing their art skills through the exhibition: ‘Cultural Talents’ between 13-24 May.
Taking place at Cultural Squatters, near York Place Shopping Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, the exhibition will display different arts and crafts workshops, and highlight support available at the Clubhouse Network Art Groups.
Delivered by Brighter Futures in partnership with North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust, Cultural Talents features both a week of art workshops, and an exhibition showcasing all artwork produced.
Figures show that more than 115,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent will report mental ill health at some point in their lives; and members of the public are encouraged to learn more about art therapy, and the impact it can have on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
A variety of workshops will be available during Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), except for Tuesday, and people are invited to come along and take part. All activities will take place between 10am and 2pm, which concludes with an opening event between 3pm and 5pm on Friday 17 May. All work produced throughout the week will be on show at the opening, with work open to public view until Friday 24 May.
Art Therapy is an expression of understanding emotions through the creative process of art and is one of the many ways the Brighter Futures Clubhouse Network works with people in Stoke on Trent with complex needs, with the aim of helping them to lead fulfilled lives. Various activities are delivered across the City in different locations, and members of the groups can express their creativity through activities such as ceramics, painting colouring, textiles and sewing.
Brighter Futures Chief Executive, Helena Evans, says: “Cultural Talents is an opportunity for us to show the work we do in the Clubhouse Network; and it’s a great chance for our Art Groups to show off their talent. Members of the art group come from all walks of life, and this diversity is reflected in their art. This should make it a fascinating and varied week of workshops. We hope the public come along, meet us, and maybe even show off their own creativity.
“With no referrals or waiting lists – our Clubhouse Network offers a confidential and safe environment. Either come down and meet us or get in touch over the phone by ringing 01782 835220 if you want to find out more.”
The Brighter Futures Clubhouse Network offers support to anyone who would like to improve their wellbeing, providing social and leisure opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment. For more information – visit https://www.brighter-futures.org.uk/clubhouse-network/ or pop into one of our Clubhouse venues to find out more.