Workshops and seminars

Digital Art School – ongoing

Mental health and arts charity Hospital Rooms has launched Digital Art School, a completely free resource open to mental health units and the general public. Every week a leading artist hosts an interactive workshop especially for mental health service users. Workshops have been announced for every Thursday until 1 October.

The artists leading the digital sessions have exhibited in many of the world's best galleries and have taught in some of the country's best art schools, including Royal Academy Schools, Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins.

Therapeutic writing for resilience – 25 September 2020

This course is designed to enable you to experience the power of therapeutic writing as a tool to increase your resilience and learn how to utilise the skills employed during tough times.

No prior knowledge of poetry or expressive writing is required; you simply need to be willing to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment. 

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s online training – from 17 October 2020

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s has adapted its training programme to be delivered online. Five independent sessions will be delivered on Saturday mornings, starting on 17 October, with the final session on 12 December. Participants can choose to register for individual sessions, at a cost of £20 per session, or book the full programme of five sessions for £85.

Facilitating Groups - Social Distancing and Beyond – 3-17 September 2020

64 Million Artists are running this series of three webinars exploring the facilitation of online and in-person groups, focusing on co-creative activities and democratic processes. The sessions are relevant for those working in creative, organisational, cultural or community settings, and will explore the issues of group online facilitation during Covid-19 and beyond through a blend of taught material, group exercises and discussion.

Online Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training - 30 July 2020

This interactive early-stage dementia awareness training, specifically for arts facilitators and learning teams from arts organisations, will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Roberta Mazur, Ellen Wilson and Nigel Franklin of A4D.

Training for musicians in mental health settings – 27 September 2020

Nicola Wydenbach and Emily Foulkes, experienced singing practitioners working with people with mental health issues, will lead this online training day for practitioners hoping to work in this field. The training will offer practical insights into how to work in this sector, as well as a toolkit of useful songs, ideas and practice.  

Nicola is the MD of the Mind and Soul Community Choir, established at the Maudesley Hospital in 2006. The choir will also be taking part so trainees can gain real life skills and meet people with lived in experience.

Arts & Health Hub Social – 9 July 2020

The Arts & Health Hub is a community of artists and cultural producers interested in or working in the field of arts and health. This meeting offers the opportunity to meet other artists in the arts and health sector, share ideas and projects through an online event.

Further information can be found here


Hospital Rooms launches free art workshops – weekly until 13 August 2020

Arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms has teamed up with a group of international artists to launch a free, digital art school for people using mental health services and the public.

The workshops, taking place each Thursday at 2pm, will introduce attendees to the artists’ creative practices, help them create their own artworks and answer questions.

The project has been made possible by the support of Arts Council England, Charities Aid Foundation, City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund and Hospital Rooms Friends and Supporters.

Arts Well: Grow – currently running until 7 July 2020

Arts Well: Grow is a programme of development for people interested in arts, health and wellbeing.

Arts and therapy in the time of the pandemic – 18 June 2020

Edge Hill University’s Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing is holding a free online event to explore the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is being held in collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University. 


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