Collage based on the Byam Family Portrait in the Holburne Museum


Creativity 4 Wellbeing is a virtual art group – open to everyone!
This continues the Holburne’s commitment to opening up the museum to wider audiences and promoting wellbeing and inclusion through creativity.
Whilst our regular Pathways to Wellbeing supportive groups are unable to meet we’re continuing to provide weekly contact and structured creative activities that can be downloaded at home. We know how important routine and structure is, especially during moments of change and instability, so we launched our Wednesday art group as a way of providing a set time each week when we’d all stop and create. So far we’ve welcomed over 100 new members – it’s free and open to all.
For our regular participants we’ve delivered ‘Stay Creative at Home’ art packs with basic art materials which they can use to engage with the weekly activities or to develop their own arts practice and enjoy exploring!

Each week we turn the spotlight on one object from our collection and post on our homepage. It’s a great way of focusing in on smaller things. We’ve been amazed at the creative responses inspired by items such as a  Georgian paper fan and a silver apostle spoon.

At the end of each session people are invited to share an image of what they’ve created. We curate an Instagram gallery from these images so that everyone can see and share (and comment on) what they’ve been doing at home. We’re delighted that some of the professional artists that the groups have previously worked with have also got involved!
Feedback we’ve received from group members shows how important creativity and a sense of inclusion is…
Thankyou for organising this. My daughter has been especially anxious and it really helped her. Looking forward to next week.
Thanks for making me feel part of a group again. Been feeling really isolated with no groups to go to.
My picture is on Instagram!!! Thankyou so much It made my day when I saw it.
I wasn’t expecting it as my wife and I have been locked down as vulnerable people since my birthday. Wonderful surprise and very welcome! Thank you so much.  (On receipt of art pack.)
The Holburne Museum will be celebrating #MuseumsFromHome across our social media and virtual groups on 30 April. We’ve had some steep technological learning curves but are so excited by the possibilities and creative ingenuity of museums across the UK! Our virtual weekly art group has grown from 20 to 150 people and we’re seeing how our community partnerships really do matter right now – museums ARE at the heart of their communities.
More info here Creativity4Wellbeing
Louise Campion, Pathways to Wellbeing Manager