It’s now one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. This Facebook Live was our first attempt at offering our creative mental health sessions online. We hadn’t yet learned to use Zoom! Since then we have continued to support mental health and combat social isolation with socially distant groups, outdoor retreats and online sessions. There is a rich archive of 45 videos on our Facebook page if you want to try mindful art at home, for free, at any time. We offer creativity and company to anyone struggling in the Plymouth area, in Devon, in these difficult times.
In this video Peggy reads out live comments from people reacting to their very first day in UK lockdown, and viewers share different experiences of their first socially distanced Mothers Day.
Listen now: Trace Jared-Davis and Emma Sprawson talk about why Mindful Art Club is different, and why social connections are now more important than ever. You will also learn why you don’t need to be Van Gogh to join in with this art club.
This interview was first broadcast on Omnium Radio, Plymouths Community Radio on o5th March 2021. The full interview is below.
Every Tuesday at 10am we host a supportive online meeting offering creativity, company and social connection: A short mindful meditation and an easy art project.
There is no art experience required, it’s friendly and informal. Just grab a coffee and join in.
Connect with others, share your experiences of COVID-19, and discover new ways of practising self-care through easy art and mindfulness exercises. Practice being here in the present moment, and accept where you are right now, without self-judgement.
We start with a brief chat about how everyone is feeling, then a short guided mindfulness session, followed by a simple art activity that anyone can do. Our mission is to make mindfulness more fun! We’re not teaching art techniques, we’re just here to play.
You will just need any pen, felt tips, some plain paper and a cup of tea or coffee.
You will also need to download Zoom, free video-conferencing software, to your computer, tablet or smart phone, before Tuesday. https://zoom.us
IMPORTANT: You will need to book your place in advance to receive the private link to the zoom meeting.
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:
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.
Want to share our creativity and company with those who need it most?
This printable A4 poster is the answer you are looking for!
Be the change you want to see in the world, and put this A4 rainbow poster in your window, to invite others to join our online art groups. It could really make a difference to somebody who lives alone, or someone who is struggling with their mental health.