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Wellbeing Art Studio
Wednesdays: 2pm - 4pm & Fridays: 11am - 1pm
Our Creative Wellbeing Art Studio enables members to focus on their independent creativity for wellbeing practice. Bring your own theme for exploration or use the weekly ‘themed’ activity provided by our Programme Leaders.
Wednesdays: 10:30am - 12pm
Perfect for beginners and improvers, our creative dance and movement sessions will help you move more freely, rhythmically and expressively.
Sessions are led by Inside Out Community Dance Facilitator, Sam Moss.
A two-week online course which explores how creativity can be beneficial for recovery. Click here below to find out more.
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Creative Wellbeing Art Studio
Wednesdays and Fridays at Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich
Our Creative Wellbeing Art Studios are overseen by Inside Out Community Programme Leaders, Allan Williams and Karen Densham and take place at Eastern Angles Centre on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning.
The Creative Wellbeing Art Studio enables members to focus on their own independent creativity for wellbeing practice. There is an option to bring in your own activity or subject for exploration or to use the weekly ‘themed’ activity outlined by either the programme leaders or visiting artist.
We will have a visiting artist every 4 weeks.
The sessions are open to anyone aged over 18 looking to improve their mental health or emotional wellbeing. No previous experience of the arts is necessary.
The Creative Wellbeing Art Studio takes place on Wednesday (2pm – 4pm) and Fridays (11am – 1pm).
No need to book, just come along and try it for yourself.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01473 563900.
Wednesdays at DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich
Run in association with DanceEast, Moving Minds is open to anyone over 18 who feels drawn to the idea of creative dance and movement to support their well-being and mental health.
Suitable for beginners and improvers alike, the sessions aim to inspire members to move more freely, rhythmically and expressively, both individually and with others in the group.
The workshops are led by Samantha Moss, an experienced DanceEast dance artist, who has been leading dance and well-being classes for many years.
We aim to create a safe and supportive space to give members the freedom to express themselves while having fun. There is no pressure on anyone to ‘perform’ with members encouraged to progress at their own pace and physical ability.
Each session takes place on Wednesday at 10:30am – 12pm. There is also time before and after the session for refreshments and conversation.
For more information or to book a place email email@example.com or telephone 01473 563900.
We are grateful to The Baring Foundation and the Charities Aid Foundation for funding the Moving Minds sessions.
ARCHIVE: Previous Inside Out Community Programmes
Young Creatives: 2023
Wolsey Room, Ipswich Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich
From visual arts to creative writing and drama, this small, friendly group offered young adults aged 18 to 25 the chance to discover a wide range of creative activities.
Members received the support they needed to explore and develop their artistic side while discovering how creativity could support their wellbeing and mental health.
We are grateful to Seeds for Change and Ipswich Borough Council for funding the Young Creatives programme.
Creative Lives: 2017 - 2023
At Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich
This varied visual arts programme was for people aged over sixty who were experiencing psychological challenges in later life.
We believe that participating in creative activities can improve wellbeing and enrich the lives of people of all ages. This small, welcoming group provided mutual support, lively discussions and inspiration for a truly creative life.
No previous experience of the arts was necessary, just an interest in seeing how a more creative life could help to improve and maintain good mental health and wellbeing.
We are grateful to The Pargiter Fund and the Suffolk Community Foundation for part funding our Creative Lives programme.
At Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich
Our weekly Artworks drop-in session offered a wide range of creative activities – participants were free to attend them all or pick and choose the ones that they liked the most.
The sessions were open to anyone aged over 18 looking to improve their mental health or emotional wellbeing including those searching for an antidote to the stresses and strains of daily life.
No previous experience of the arts was necessary. New members received a friendly welcome from our volunteers and long-standing members, who will soon make you feel part of the group. Participants could choose to stay for the whole session or leave at their leisure.
We are grateful to The Baring Foundation for part funding the Artworks programme
Get Creative for Life: 2021 - 2023
Creative workshop groups outside Ipswich for those over 65
Get Creative for Life – Felixstowe ran weekly on a Monday afternoon between 2pm – 4pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe IP11 7DD
Get Creative for Life – Stowmarket ran fortnightly on a Thursday at Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, Stowmarket IP14 2BD.
No previous experience in art or crafts was necessary. All workshops were delivered by professional artists at beginner level.
We are grateful to Seeds of Change and The National Lottery for funding our Get Creative for Life programmes.
Recovery College - Creativity for Wellbeing
Currently Online via Zoom
This two-week course, produced in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, explored how creativity can be beneficial for recovery and was delivered by Inside Out Community Programme Leader, Allan Williams.
The two 90-minute sessions helped members explore how taking part in artistic activities can aid personal recovery and wellbeing. The workshops also looked at some of the opportunities that are available for people who are interested in the therapeutic arts.
No previous arts experience was necessary to take part.
The course was created as part of The Recovery College programme who provide free educational workshops and courses to help people experiencing mental health challenges invest in their own wellbeing and recovery.
Our creative writing group was open to people of all levels and abilities. Members explored a wide variety of writing genres such as short stories, life writing, myth and legend, poetry, and spoken word among many others.
These 10-week courses offered members the chance to hone their creative writing skills and express themselves in a supportive, safe, and friendly environment.
The standard of work produced was exceptional. After each course, we published a booklet of work, leading to the publication of Write Mind’s first anthology: Glimpses of Infinity.
We are grateful to The Charities Aid Foundation for part funding the Write Minds sessions.
Programme now completed
Creative mentoring was an offshoot of the Inside Out Community programme, offering one-to-one creative sessions for members who could not attend the community groups for a variety of reasons.
These ranged from social anxiety or physical disability to mental health challenges and feeling overwhelmed in a group setting.
In a bid to overcome this potential barrier, an artist or other creative mentor would work with the member in their own home, or other suitable venue, on a creative project of their choice which may involve various art forms.
Ten one-to-one sessions were offered, with the option for participants to attend one of our weekly workshop groups in the future.