One-Off Art Club in Torpoint

The Mindful Art Club are heading to Awenek Studio to host one of our art for wellbeing sessions. This event is free, and there are two parts to the session with options to bring your own packed lunch or just come to the morning or afternoon. Please get in touch with awenekstudio@gmail.com
or text 07931457386 to confirm your space.

THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2020 FROM 10:30-14:00


They have an indoor outdoor socially distanced space but are keeping numbers to five participants morning/afternoon. The Studio is based at Maker Heights, a beautiful and picturesque hilltop location that serves the communities of Millbrook, Kingsand, Cawsand and Cremyll. 

Awenek Studio CIC is a hub for all those artistic people or anyone who wants to have a go at the joy of being creative together.

More info on Facebook: Mindful Art Club at Awenek Studio.

How to Reduce Stress and Increase Confidence

Want to improve your mental health, make new social connections and learn some fun new ways to cope with stress?

It could be time to try Mindful Art Club!

Some of the issues being tackled in our community mindful art groups are social isolation and poor mental health. We address these problems by using creative activities to make it easier for clients to engage in meaningful conversations. Often when depressed or anxious people are put in a position where they have to talk about how they feel, it’s the last thing that they want to do. In our art groups they have a place where there is something slow and steady to do, and there is no pressure to talk about anything. We find in our groups that as people begin to trust each other, they open up about how they feel and get support and identification from the rest of the group.

Two of the most common mental health issues are anxiety and depression. Research shows that the activities of mindfulness and art can be more effective than antidepressants and counselling. Author of ‘Lost Connections’, Johann Hari, believes that to help people change their lives they have to have a connection with other people, to find meaning and purpose.

Being in a supportive group builds up self-esteem and confidence. We do a different art project each week, and trying new activities has been proven to be good for our wellbeing and emotions, (in a survey by BBC Arts 2018). The same survey said that nothing beats taking part in art classes that involve face to face social interaction for people’s mental health.

So, our community groups give people the opportunity to share their feelings, practice mindfulness, create art, relax and chat. Mindful art club:

  • 1) Improves mental health
  • 2) Improves social connection
  • 3) Teaches new skills.

Try mindful art club for free by checking out our online group.

How Art Can Help You Cope

Even a small amount of creativity can help you to cope with modern life, according to recent research by BBC Arts and UCL. In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, the research explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing. (Creativity Can Help You Cope – BBC, accessed 10/08/20)

The Evidence

A Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on arts and health references over 900 publications, including 200 reviews, covering over 3000 further studies.

Arts interventions, such as singing in a choir to improve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are considered non-invasive, low-risk treatment options and are increasingly being used by Member States to supplement more traditional biomedical treatments.

The Health Evidence Network synthesis report

What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?

In July 2017 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing published a report of their two-year inquiry into the role of the arts in health and wellbeing.

It found that the arts can keep us well, help us recover, and help to meet some of the major challenges currently facing health and social care. Therefore the arts can help to save money in the health service and social care services. You can read the short report here:

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

But How Do We Know That Mindful Art Club Works?

People who come to Mindful Art Club feel more supported, experience empathy, feel mentally calmer and more peaceful; they make new social connections and feel happier and more confident. They also learn to use mindfulness as a self-help tool, and learn to use art as a self-care activity.

We know these things because we get verbal feedback during the “check out” at the end of each session, and occasionally we ask our clients to complete written feedback forms. These simple questionnaires measure the client’s perception of their difficulties, including mental health, physical health, loneliness, self-esteem, and experience of art and mindfulness. We also gather some qualitative evidence, in the form of individual case studies.

Find out more by coming to an online group, or a community group in Plymouth. The online groups are free.

New Facebook Group

Feeling socially isolated? Pop into our new group for a chat with others from Mindful Art Club. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MindfulArtClub/

A Facebook Group is a place for chatting and and sharing ideas. In our new group we can express our thoughts and feelings, discuss issues, post photos, and share related articles or inspiring quotes. We want to keep the topics similar to our ‘real life’ art groups, so please remember our themes of mindfulness, art, mutual support and social connection.

No Art Club This Week

We are taking a week’s break from Mindful Art Club this week, from 17th to 24th May. We will be back on your screens on Monday 25th May!

If you have missed any of our online classes, or want to try some mindfulness and art you can catch up with the recordings on Facebook.

If you are feeling creative Heads Count have invited Mindful Art Club to be part of The Rainbow Connection project. Send your artwork, words or photo to their email. (See image above).

You could also create a COVID-19 Time Capsule with this free printable.

Or draw yourself looking out of the window to be part of our group art project called Windows of the Souls.

And finally, cheer up your neighbours by putting this free printable rainbow poster in your window.

Grab some free, mindful colouring pages when you join our mailing list here: Doodle or Die, Monthly Scribbles.

We look forward to seeing you again at 10am Monday 25th May 2020.

Peggy and Emma

Mental Health Resources

Mental health challenges can range from depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, and personality disorders, to bereavement, addiction and more. However, there is a surprising amount of support available in the community around Plymouth, where we are based. We have created a list of local resources, offering support, counselling, groups, education, activities, advice and information. While it is not possible to visit most of these organisations during the Covid-19 outbreak, their websites offer information and alternative sources of support.

You can also enjoy social connection, mindfulness and art by watching one of our Facebook live groups during the Corona Virus lockdown.

Please let us know if there is anything else that we could add to our resources page.