Thanks to the help of our friends and supporters, The Art House is now open in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
Wellbeing at The Art House
Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on our charity and the small team of dedicated staff that work here, all in-house wellbeing activity is due to be reviewed in Autumn 2021. This decision has been made to allow for the time required to redevelop our existing programme, which will allow us to take on more referrals and self-referrals due to the high demand in interest we have received post-pandemic.
Our team are working very hard to ensure that wellbeing work can recommence more sustainably in the future, and we look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is possible to do so.
In the meantime, please join our art and wellbeing page on Facebook by searching for ‘The Big Art Lock In’ and join our vibrant online artistic community.
Thank you for your patience at this time,
The Art House Team
Our vision is to create artists, find hidden artists, to enable people from all backgrounds to develop their ability and enjoyment, perhaps for the first time.
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!