A Somerset Art Works artist residency project with Mind in Somerset and wellbeing groups around the county. The project focuses on teaching new skills, encouraging participants to explore their creativity, express themselves, build confidence and feel more connected in the community.

Art activities of any sort are great for developing self esteem and for maintaining wellbeing in turbulent times – the chance to reflect upon one’s circumstances and express oneself are invaluable.

At Home – Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds

In 2020, in response to the pandemic, SAW developed an ‘At Home’ strand of our Quiet Places For Unquiet Minds artist residency project, bringing art activity online when we can’t be with you in person.

Funding was received in 2020 from the Somerset Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund via Somerset Community Foundation. Lead artist Simon Ripley, assisted by artists Rebecca Macpherson and Rachel Gundry, developed innovative and interesting ways of creatively engaging with wellbeing groups and individuals around the county, during a time when many were feeling particularly isolated.

We discovered that whilst engaging online isn’t for everyone, for some people it really works and is hugely valued!
For members of our community who are those isolated due to transport, rurality, shielding, caring responsibilities, or whose health conditions mean that getting out and about is problematic, the ability to participate in your own home, in your own time, in your own way can be a much needed experience.

In January 2022 Somerset Art Works launched a new countywide Online Art Group thanks to funding from Open Mental Health, this funding will support the Online Art Group for 2 years.

Running throughout the year, first and third Wednesdays, 6.30 – 7.30pm we invite new participants to join at any time. Recordings provided – take part at a time that suits you.
Free places are available for Somerset residents (donations are welcome).

Contact Emily for more information and bookings admin@somersetartworks.org.uk

With thanks to our funders and project partners