“It gives me an opportunity to express myself and it gives my brain a rest because while I am concentrating on painting I am not thinking about something that causes me stress. What we are doing here is fantastic.”
A lot of our work is done in the community; supporting artists to be creative and to feel less socially isolated. All Arts & Minds events and workshops are open to everyone. We welcome people with mental health issues.
Arts & Minds is involved in three community projects that meet on a monthly basis: Crafternoons, Culture Club and Instrumental. We also run events and buzz groups every 3 months. Contact us, or come along to our quarterly buzz group if you have an idea you’d like to explore.
Arts & Minds supports many projects that offer courses, workshops and groups to artists with experience of mental health issues and/or learning disabilities. The following organisations offer a great opportunities to visual artists: Artlink West Yorkshire, East St Arts, Inc Workshop, Inkwell, Pyramid of Arts, Skippko, Space 2, Swarthmore, Aire Place Studios, Fabrication, You can search for an arts group to suit you on our database.
There’s also a range of Arts & Minds opportunities members can get involved with: come along to Creative Afternoons run by our members; exhibit with us in October as part of the annual Love Arts Festival; or have fun at our quarterly events. Arts & Minds have also supported artists to exhibit in other solo and group shows.
The following projects offer great performance opportunities in Leeds and welcome people with mental health issues: Leeds Music Hub; Cloth Cat music project; choirs such as Singing on the Edge; and Fall Into Place drama group.You can search for an arts group to suit you on our database.
There’s a range of Arts & Minds opportunities members can get involved with: come along to Culture Club to see shows: perform or be entertained at Instrumental’s monthly music gig.
Arts & Minds also supports and partners with many organisations that that welcome people with mental health issues. We have worked with Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet, and dancer Gerry Turvey on a range of projects. We also have a long-standing partnership with Leeds College of Music; and run events and workshops together.
Arts & Minds supports and partners with some of the many creative writing groups across Leeds that welcome people with mental health issues, such as the Baggage Handlers and Survivors Poetry. There have also been creative writing groups based at Inkwell and Swarthmore, most recently with Clare Fisher. You can search for an arts group to suit you on our database.
Arts & Minds also arranges author events, mainly as part of Love Arts Festival. In the past we have hosted Jon Ronson, A.L. Kennedy, Barney Bardsey and David Nobbs, to name but a few. All of the events focused on different aspects of mental health. In 2014 we partnered with Leeds Big Bookend to interview Emma Healey, author of the bestseller Elizabeth is Missing.
For several years Arts & Minds ran ‘Films to Change’, making films about mental health with the people who know about it best. Some of our films are available on YouTube. Members of Film to Change have set up a social enterprise, Mojo Films, that takes commissions and helps people with mental health issues get professional experience and a route into employment.
“I felt good joining in and learnt something new”