Art workshops offering the chance to get creative and improve mental wellbeing

People are being invited to take part in a special programme of art activities every Thursday at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford.

‘This Way Up’ is organised by Creative Health CIC in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council’s Arts team who want to promote good mental wellbeing using the arts. The workshops start from 12 January to 9 February and will be encouraging people to take some creative time out for themselves.

Budding artists will work with professional artists and create their own personalised pieces of art, including collage, construction and printing. People will get the chance to attend six hands-on art sessions and try out new ideas each time. They can then develop their skills, ideas and artwork at home and enjoy art as a means to relax.

Gill Heath, cabinet member responsible for the arts at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Arts can have a real positive impact on people’s lives and these workshops offer a great opportunity to take some time out and get creative. Under the tutorage of a professional artist you’ll get lots of guidance and ideas on getting the creative juices flowing. So, if you want to brush up on your art skills while taking some time to relax then book a place and see what you can make.”

The sessions are aimed at both complete beginners and those with experience. Sessions will take place on 12, 19 & 26 January, and 2 & 9 February 2017. Morning sessions run from 10.30am – 12pm, afternoon sessions run from 1 – 3pm. Each session costs £3 each (£2 concessions), including all materials and refreshments.

To book a place or to find out more call 01785 278345 or email

Places are limited, so early booking is advisable.