The Holburne Museum is committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing through creativity and recognises the important and inspiring role that museums and the arts can play in supporting positive change in people’s lives. Information about the different groups can be found here.
Our Pathways to Wellbeing Programme has already supported over 200 local people living with mental health issues, social isolation and homelessness and we are delighted to be able to continue and extend these opportunities until 2022 through funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and new local partner the St John’s Foundation.
Pathways to Wellbeing sees local museums, our Mental Health Trust, Creativity Works and support organisations working in partnership across the city, to offer safe and supportive museum-based creative sessions where people can come together to enjoy arts activities, develop new skills and engage with their local heritage sites.
Four partner museums and galleries offer people the chance to try art for the first time, exhibit their work in heritage settings and get involved in the wider arts community. The Museums also host community events such as the Holburne Museum’s Creativity and Wellbeing coffee mornings which encourage people to find out about the positive health and wellbeing benefits of engaging with museums and the arts.
Pathways to Wellbeing Museum partners are:
We also work with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Creativity Works
See images below of artwork created by Pathways to Wellbeing participants which were showcased in the Why Museums Matter Exhibition (Feb-May 2019).