From February Artsenta will trial after hours studio sessions for 8 weeks. This is for people who want to be creative but can’t attend during normal opening hours. If you know someone that could benefit from this initiative please pass this information on.
Artsenta is a community art workshop for people who have experience of mental illness, they celebrated their 30th year in 2016.
Sessions are 5-7pm on Wednesdays from 8 February until 29 March.
No referral is needed but people need to have had some contact with a mental health provider, PHO or GP.
Artists will be asked for a koha and will be expected to be able to work independently.
The sessions are in addition to Artsenta’s funded service.
Artsenta director, Paul Smith, said the initiative is being undertaken due to requests made by members of the community, “There are a number of people who have come to Artsenta and really benefited from it, but work commitments now prevent them from attending. We want to support them and also open the door to other people who work or are busy during the day.”
“We know that being part of a creative community can support people’s mental wellbeing and so its great to be able to undertake this trial and see what level of demand there is. But places are limited so we encourage people to register their interest.”
More information is available at www.artsenta.org – or by phoning 03 477-9566.