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About us


For more than 20 years Art & Soul has used creative activity to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of people living in south west London. Over that time it's run over 300 therapist-led art workshops and coordinated more than 20 exhibitions of participants' artworks. 

Based on UCL Museums Wellbeing Measures our workshops have  been shown to enhance wellbeing by 34% over each session.

Our Vision

Improve mental health and emotional wellbeing through the arts.

Our Mission

To provide creative workshops, exhibitions and events that actively help to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages in the South-West London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith, Hounslow, Kingston Upon Thames, Richmond Upon Thames and Wandsworth. 

Our Values

Art & Soul’s core values, which underpin everything we do, are:

Creative Expression

Art & Soul nurtures creativity and expression, believing in the arts for mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Through our activities, Art & Soul creates a community of people who believe in the value of arts for emotional wellbeing, supporting people at different stages of their mental health condition.

Inclusive & Supportive

Art & Soul supports the community on their mental health and emotional wellbeing journey, welcoming people from all backgrounds, ages and ability levels to participate in our programme. Differences are embraced with dignity and respect.

How we got started 

Art & Soul initially began as “We can draw!” art classes organised by founding member Maggie Hughes, to support her husband Trevor after a stroke had left him with emotional challenges. In 1998 the name of the group changed to Art & Soul and the project evolved to include adults with a range of mental well-being and coping challenges. 


In June 2017 we became a registered charity (1173268) and welcomed Sir Vince Cable as our patron.

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Our trustees

Liz Sokoski

Liz Sokoski


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Loveday Shewell
Vice Chair

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Alastair Beveridge

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Rachel Tranter

Rachel Tranter

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Our Supporters

Our team

Betsy Lewis-Holmes, Programme Director

Betsy comes from an arts and exhibitions background, and has over fifteen years experience in arts project management. Prior to working for Art & Soul, Betsy managed various projects in arts including commissioning artwork for hospitals through Richmond Arts Service and ran a volunteer ‘arts for health’ programme with UCL Museums, taking museum objects to those in hospitals and day centres. Betsy has recently completed a PhD in medical history with the University of Exeter. 

Gwen Ramsay, Artist and Artist Educator

Gwen is a talented artist and artist educator who is passionate about encouraging everyone to be creative. Since 2007, Gwen has worked with schools, young people and adults as well as families on creative learning programmes privately and in Museums including the Tate Modern, The London Transport Museum and The Royal Academy of Arts. Gwen pioneered many social prescribing projects including ‘Chat and Draw’ at Orleans House Gallery and ‘Prescription for Arts’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In the rest of her week, apart from painting and walking her dog Gus, Gwen manages Culture4Keeps, which is the arts and culture service for Children in Care in Kingston and Richmond, and does occasional sessions for the John Soane museum.

Shan Rixon, Art Therapist

Shan has a background in anthropology and documentary photography and is drawn to visual narratives connected to personal identity, community and social justice. Before retraining as an art psychotherapist, Shan worked for over a decade managing and facilitating arts programmes for young people in galleries such as Tate and The Photographers’ Gallery, with co-production at the heart of her practice. She currently works as a psychotherapist in schools, devises and delivers wellbeing workshops for adults and manages Arts in Health programmes in the NHS. Shan runs our fortnightly online group. 

Michelle Hazell, Art Therapist 

Michelle is a qualified and HCPC registered art psychotherapist. She trained at Roehampton university, after a long career as a teacher working with children with complex learning needs and disabilities. Michelle’s art therapy practice has been with young people (in the NHS) and adults at a community mental health and wellbeing charity.

Michelle is passionate about bringing out peoples innate creative spark and helping them to use their creativity for health and wellbeing. Michelle is a prolific art journaller and bookbinder, creating books and filling them with collage, paint, text and thread. She also loves to feel connected to nature and the seasons by using natural materials to create ephemeral or more lasting artworks. Michelle loves to bring people together to be creative and share art knowledge and experience.

Morgan Sinton-Hewitt, Workshop Assistant

Morgan supports all our online workshops and joined Art & Soul in 2021. She is an artist with experience of making work across different media which spans the past 20 years. As an educator, she has 14 years of experience in designing and facilitating socially engaged art with communities, schools, galleries and individuals. She has worked with particular emphasis with SEND groups and individuals and believes that everyone has a voice, a story, the capability and right to make art. Morgan has a first class undergraduate in Psychology and has collaborated with different interdisciplinary researchers and artists on different research projects relating to embodiment. 

Maddy Howell, Marketing

Maddy is a freelance writer and digital marketing specialist with experience working on art projects that showcase diverse cultures. Taking the lead on digital marketing for Folkestone-based arts organisation CT20 - Diverse Cultures From The Margins over the pandemic, she fronted a rebrand that aimed to position the institution as leaders in accessible culture. Trained in journalism and culture, she is passionate about telling stories, helping others to communicate openly, and encouraging brighter futures for those in the arts and outside it. Throughout the pandemic, her podcast Sounds Of Solace aimed to open up conversations surrounding mental health and music, encouraging difficult discussions at a time where they were most vital.

Our supporters

Art and Soul relies entirely on the generosity of the organisations that support us to fund all our activities.

Civic Pride, Richmond

Civic Pride Fund

Richmond Parish Lands Charity

Richmond Parish Lands Charity

Richmons Community Volunteer Service

Richmond Community Volunteer Service

The Cranfield Trust

The Cranfield


The Hampton Fund

The Hampton


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The Baring


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City Bridge


People's Postcode Lottery

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