Explore your creativity and improve your wellbeing.
We offer a range of opportunities in which you can participate in a way that benefits you most.
- Express yourself and build confidence
- Improve emotional and physical wellbeing
- Enjoy working at your own pace in a friendly and supportive environment
There is now a growing understanding of the positive impact that taking part in the arts can have on health and wellbeing.
Participation in art-based activities can improve the health of people who experience low-level stress, anxiety or depression.
We are committed to providing programmes throughout the year for people drawn to the therapeutic arts as a way of improving health and encouraging mental wellbeing.
Our programmes are detailed below, some of which require you to have a referral from a health professional.
We run two Arts on Referral services:
(wellbeing for mums - with FREE creche)
In addition, there are other creative groups to help with wellbeing:
- Knit and Natter
- Young at H'Art
- Bartones Choir
"I remember the feeling walking out of my first dreamtime session. My shoulders felt like they had dropped by inches. I can't thank all the people involved in the Dreamtime project enough. It can literally be a lifeline to some of us"
Get in touch
If you are interested in finding out more about any of our art sessions please do get in touch.
What we offer:
Artshine - referral required
Artshine is an informal arts-based course run by a professional artist. For people who have low to moderate mental health issues, the course provides a safe space for participants to be themselves; to have a break from troubling feelings and thoughts; and to discover new creative interests in a relaxed setting.
Participants are offered an introduction to a range of different art activities, and supported to develop their own particular creative interests. No previous arts experience is necessary. Artshine is not art therapy, but focuses on using arts and creativity to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.
To come along to Artshine you will need a referral from the Bristol Wellbeing Therapies Service
"I’m so pleased these classes are available, for a few hours each week I’m able to have a period of time where I can achieve some peace."
Mike, Artshine participant.
- Courses are run on a Tuesday 6pm -8pm or Friday 10am-12noon over a 12 week duration. Each group session lasts 2hrs
Dreamtime - referral required
Dreamtime Arts is an art class for women with children under 5 years old. We offer this in partnership with four children’s centres that provide a free crèche for your children.
Dreamtime offers you a chance to have some timeout and do something creative in the company of others. With support from an artist, you can make something for your child, for your home and for you. Absolutely no previous art experience is necessary.
To come along to Dreamtime, you will need a referral from your health visitor or your Family Support Worker at one of the following children’s centres:
- Barton Hill Children's Centre: 0117 955 6971
- Bannerman Road Children's Centre: 0117 903 0269
- The Limes Children's Centre: 0117 903 0317
- Rosemary Children's Centre: 0117 903 1467 or 0117 377 3297
"After the class I found I felt calm and stable for a few days."
Nadia, Dreamtime participant.
- Courses are run on a Tuesday or Wednesday over a 10 week period at Children's Centres. Sessions last for 2hrs
Shine-On - referral required
Shine-On is a drop-in art group for those who have completed an Artshine or Dreamtime course. Self-led, but supported by Wellspring’s Arts and Wellbeing Officer, it's an opportunity to both continue to enjoy the creative arts and the associated wellbeing benefits.
To come along to a Shine-On session you will need to have attended Artshine or Dreamtime in the past year. Please contact Shanti if you are interested in attending.
Cost per session is £2 for tea, coffee and materials.
"Generally I feel much more part of a community, more positive."
Sophie, Shine-On participant.
- Shine-On takes place at the Wellspring Centre on Tuesdays: 1pm - 3:30pm and on Thursdays: 10am – 12:30pm
Knit & Natter
An easy-going group who meet Wednesday mornings between 10.00 am - 12.00 noon to knit, crochet and chat.
No experience is necessary as this friendly group will happily share their skills and talents.
Cost per session is £1.50 for unlimited tea and biscuits.
"I really enjoy my time at Knit & Natter. I've made fabulous new friends - and I feel uplifted as a result."
Wendy, Knit & Natter participant.
- Courses are run on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon at the Wellspring Centre
A Wednesday evening pottery course for people of all abilities. It is run by Steve Carter of St. Werburgh’s Pottery.
The cost for a 5-week course is £56 or £43 (concessionary rate).
"This course has taught me so much and is excellent value for money. It's so rewarding on many levels"
Tony, Pottery course participant.
- Please note that booking is essential.
Young at H'Art
This is a relaxed and friendly independent art group that meets on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm.
For people of all ages and abilities, it is run independently by an experienced artist – Tony Rudman (www.rudmanarts.co.uk). Tony will coach participants through their projects using the benefit of his experience whilst offering support and guidance in order that attendees get the most from the course.
Cost per session is £3.00/£5.00 (depending on circumstances).
"Tony is so patient with everyone and I've met so many new friends. I'd always enjoyed drawing and now I've learnt some great techniques I'm enjoying it more than ever!"
Sheryl, Young at H'Art participant.
- Please note that booking is essential.