Arts and Minds is a free, referral-only creative social prescribing programme, delivered in partnership by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and ARC, and funded by Comic Relief. 

Presented by members of Arts and Minds, Good Vibes is a collaborative arts exhibition that represents the power of creativity and connection.

Bringing together the innovative work of a range of participants from different backgrounds and at varying stages in their creative wellbeing journey, the exhibition also reflects the distinct nature of each individual.

The pieces in Good Vibes range from mixed media works, paintings and documentary photography to 3D models, ceramics, bookbinding and collage based crafts. These pieces have been created using new and recycled materials in weekly sessions over the past six months, and are a testament to the artistic skills and ambitions of participants; alongside the local artists who have supported them in developing their talents.

The exhibition has been timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2023 (Tue 10 Oct), which aims to bring people together to grow understanding and promote wellbeing.

Arts and Minds is a friendly social group where participants can try a range of new creative skills in a relaxed space, and connect with new people whilst boosting their mood and confidence.   Participants are able to take part in free weekly workshops at either Middlesbrough Town Hall (Tuesday evenings) or ARC (Thursday mornings).

Sessions are led by a host of professional artists and focus on working with different materials and techniques; such as bullet journaling, drawing, jewellery design, mosaic work, textiles, collaging, painting, 3D design, calligraphy, and general upcycling.

Arts and Minds also emphasises environmental sustainability through using recycled materials or reused objects.  There are opportunities for everyone to display artwork through our exhibitions (like this one) too.

Referrals are open to anyone aged 18+ from the Middlesbrough and Stockton area, who is finding life a little hard right now or would like to boost their mood whilst trying something new.

To find out more about Arts and Minds or referrals to take part, please contact Georgie at [email protected]

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