Pathways to Wellbeing is a museum-based community engagement programme, led by the Holburne Museum, with art at its heart. It supports young people and adults with lived experience of mental health issues and social isolation to engage with local heritage and creative art activities, delivering measurable improvements in mental health and wellbeing.

Paint Brushes

Fresh Art

A 12 week creative project based in Bath museums


The Gardener's Lodge Art Group

A fun, supported creative group which meets weekly


IMAGE Peer Supported Museums Group

A peer supported creative group offering exciting engagement opportunities


Discover Museums: Pathways to Volunteering

A 6 week course with your own museum mentor

A woman sewing a sensory bag

New Mums Sanctuary

A post-natal creative support group for mums and babies

About the Project

Pathways to Wellbeing is an innovative Arts & Health project bringing museums, art galleries and mental health and support organisations together to work in partnership across the Bath area. We run 5 different groups which meet at the Holburne and partner museums. These are designed to provide safe, mental-health aware spaces for people to explore their creativity, learn, connect with others and be inspired by art and heritage.  The programme offers long-term support and engagement opportunities and recognises that life-transforming change happens over time as trust and confidence are built.

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See inspiring artwork created by people who have joined our Pathways to Wellbeing groups

Creativity for Wellbeing at Home

Make and create at home, inspired by objects and paintings from the Holburne Museum’s collection.

See below for FREE, fun downloadable activity sheets which have been created to support people during lockdown and beyond.

My Museum

Showcase your art and creativity, inspired by museum objects and their stories and see inspiring artwork shared by others.

Our Partners

This innovative programme is managed by The Holburne Museum with support from museum and gallery partners; Bath Preservation Trust, American Museum & Gardens and Bath Abbey. We also work with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

It is generously funded by private donors and the Quartet Community Foundation.