ArtSpace is an exciting arts-based project which offers a safe space for people with mental health issues to work towards recovery and good wellbeing through art activities and peer support.
You don't need to have any previous experience or artistic skill. The aim isn't to produce a great work of art, but to use what you create to understand yourself better. Through your artwork, you will learn to build on your personal strengths and natural abilities and with the support of Peers to become well, stay well, and make the most of life.
Our aim is to support people so that they can move on to greater independence, and possibly education or employment opportunities. However, there's no rush and we will work at a pace that is right for you.
ArtSpace is made up of three different groups: OpenSpace Hereford, OpenSpace Outreach and SafeSpace. You can check when sessions are happening on our Events Calendar.
OpenSpace Hereford meets at Heffernan House. You don’t need to be referred or register in advance, just pop in. On your first visit, a Peer Support Worker will welcome you and have a brief chat about your needs and expectations & to make sure that we are the right service for you.
OpenSpace delivers a range of activities and art based projects throughout the year, usually on a 4-6 week cycle. We will be using a range of media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass painting, masks, mixed media, collage, charcoal, wire work and plaster of Paris.
OpenSpace Outreach works the same way as OpenSpace Hereford - no need to be referred or register in advance, just pop in. We run workshops once a month in the following towns:
1st Wednesday of the month: Leominster
2nd Wednesday of the month: Ledbury
3rd Wednesday of the month: Ross-on-Wye
In order to enable to people to progress in their skills, abilities and recovery, we offer 2 workshops each week which will challenge participants to take on board new ways of seeing and thinking.We use reflective Arts practice to challenge fears, negative self-beliefs and attitudes.
To join SafeSpace, you will need to have gained a sound level of confidence to engage with your Peers in constructive and positive debates about art and all things human. Please attend an OpenSpace session first and talk to the group facilitator to see if you are ready to move on to this group.
SafeSpace sessions take place at Heffernan House.