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Art & Soul Festival: 1st - 6th November 2021

We are delighted to invite you to our first ever festival of art & wellbeing, taking place on National Stress Awareness Week, 1st - 6th November and funded by the Civic Pride Fund. 

 

Join us both online and in-person to celebrate the positive effects art and mindfulness can have on your wellbeing.

 

We’ll kick off the festival with the launch of our online exhibition, 'Cycles of Nature' on the 1st November. Then, everyone is welcome to our host of free online events including art, mindfulness, and colour therapy workshops, as well as virtual gallery visits to October Gallery & Turner’s House.

 

You can join us in-person at The Vineyard Community Centre on Tuesday the 2nd. And on Saturday the 6th there’s an opportunity for the whole family to attend our festival finale, a family workshop at ETNA Community Centre.

 

Book your place on as many events as you'd like, and, as with all Art & Soul workshops, we welcome everyone, especially beginners, to come along and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of art making!

 Book Now   for online events

 

For in-person events:

Drop-in on the day for some relaxed art-making. No need to book, but come early to avoid disappointment as places may be limited -

- Adult Art Workshop, Tuesday 2nd November, 2-4pm, ETNA Community Centre  

- Family Art Workshop, Saturday 6th November, 2-4pm, Vineyard Community Centre

Virtual Exhibition: 'Cycles of Nature'

Our first ever virtual exhibition: ‘Cycles of Nature’, will launch online on the 1st November to coincide with the opening of the Art & Soul festival. 

 

The exhibition will feature artwork created by participants of Art & Soul programmes over the past 18 months.

 

Spending time in nature has been central to how many people have coped during the pandemic. The Art & Soul exhibition celebrates the importance of taking time to connect with nature, along with the many ways in which nature and the seasons offer us creative inspiration.

Mark 1st November in your diary for the exhibition opening!

Art Workshops

Most people join Art & Soul through a series of our free art workshops. They are usually held across the area with many taking place at The Exchange, and ETNA Community Centre, both in Twickenham. However, since the pandemic, we have taken our sessions online with our Remote Connectivity project. 

 

Both online and offline, these sessions are led by one of our trained artists. They create a safe and welcoming place for individuals looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing through hands-on, creative activity.  You don’t need any artistic skills or previous creative experience to join.  All art materials are supplied.

Everyone attending our workshops automatically joins the Art & Soul community with access to a range of further artistic activities, services and experiences.

 

Please get in touch if you want to find out more or join the next workshop series.

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Studio Sessions

 

Beyond our arts workshops, we occasionally offer Studio Sessions. These are designed for existing participants who want more freedom to explore their artistic skills and take their own art projects further.

 

An arts practitioner supports each session as participants develop their own creative processes in this informal, creative group.

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more or join these studio sessions.

 

Taster Sessions

We aim to support as many people with mental health challenges in the local community as we can. That’s why we run one-off taster sessions, also known as Outreach sessions, across the area.

 

Some are organised at the request of specific organisations for their clients or users.  Others are arranged as drop-in sessions for anyone to try. 

 

Get in touch if you want to find out when and where the next taster sessions are being held.

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Exhibitions

To celebrate the work of our Art & Soul community we organise a bi-annual art exhibition in the area for all participants of our workshops and studio sessions to show their work to family, friends and local art lovers.  

 

Our art therapists also arrange occasional group visits to art galleries around London to view the work of professional artists.

Our next exhibition will be a virtual one, 'Cycles of Nature', opening online on the 1st November and running until January. 

Contact us if you would like to be notified about the the online exhibition launch, or to receive information about our future exhibitions.