The Art House is a charity that opened to the public during August 2015 (Charity Registered No. 1146648 – St. Matthew’s House Ltd).
We set up the charity because believe that participation in the arts and creative opportunities brings improved health outcomes and an increased sense of wellbeing for people as they learn new skills, develop their creativity and benefit from meeting up with other individuals with a similar interest.
In particular our mission is to support and promote recovery, social inclusion the development of local artists from marginalised groups with a particular focus on working with people with mental health issues to enable them to overcome barriers and fulfil their potential.
We want to be as financially independent as possible and therefore we operate as a social enterprise offering;
We use the income from these commercial activities to support our work with marginalised groups. However, our commercial activities provide far more than just a source of income - they are fundamental in ensuring the Art House is seen as a thriving, valued and accessible city centre resource for everyone interested in art and creativity!