IMAGE is a Peer Supported Museums Group for people with lived experience of mental health issues who are interested in developing their creativity alongside other people, sharing skills and supporting each other. The group encourages growing independence and mutual support between group members.

There are 3 projects in total, each starting with a taught session led by a specialist artist. Group members then meet without the artist, developing their own work independently, building on the skills they’ve been taught and helping each other.

In a Peer Supported Group members work with each other to draw on the different skills, strengths and knowledge which each person brings.

The group meets every 2 weeks moving between The Holburne, Bath Preservation Trust sites, The American Museum & Gardens and Bath Abbey over the course of a year.

Here are some of the projects and exhibitions previous groups have been involved in:

  • Bronze Clay jewellery with Kim Thomson (Silversmith)
  • Acrylic painting with Jen Gash
  • Colour Feeds the Soul exhibition, Holburne Museum
  • Printmaking with Rachel Wilcox leading to print exhibition at the Royal United Hospital

For more information about joining the group contact:
Sophie (Pathways to Wellbeing Assistant Manager) on 01225 388565


The groups aims are to:

  • Inspire – Museum collections, buildings and spaces offer creative inspiration
  • Reflect – Museum environments offer calm, quiet places to meet and work
  • Develop – knowledge and skills through access to facilities and staff expertise
  • Share – members will share their individual skills and strengths within the group
  • Articulate – group members will have a ‘voice’ within Museums
  • Collaborate – the group will work with Museums to promote inclusion and well-being through enjoyment of the arts and creativity
  • Exhibit – group members will share and celebrate their work in Museum settings
  • Empower – each individual will be empowered through their contribution to the group and to the wider Museum communities
  • Have fun!!