Welcome to Arty-Folks

Arty-Folks is more than an art group: We are a community of like-minded people with an interest in the visual arts, and we are run by and for people who feel at a low point in life and who are struggling with mental ill health.

Our weekly Visual Arts workshops are led by professional local Artists who will help you to learn new skills and develop your creativity, regardless of previous experience or abilities.

At our workshops you can meet new people, relax, and have fun while exploring a wide range of arts and crafts like drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, mosaics, textile, etc. that are focused, educational, creative and challenging.

Through your artwork you will learn to build on your personal strengths and natural abilities and with the support of your Peers to become well, stay well, and make the most of life. Our mission is to empower you to break down barriers to well-being and to a life that is meaningful and rewarding.

Artwork created at our workshops

More about what we do at Arty-Folks

“Arty-Folks is something I came across by chance one day seeing one of their leaflets in the library. I wasn’t sure about it at first but I can honestly say it’s been the best thing ever; I love the conversation we have, such lovely people. It’s provided me with an outlet and a way to step back from life and all its difficulties allowing me to get some clarity and to put things into perspective.”