Who is involved? The Fresh Art@ Partners…
Participants – Fresh Art@ works closely with Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust to take referrals from professionals working with individuals who could benefit from creative community engagement. Participants can also self-refer on to the project, which is open to those who have been experiencing mental health challenges and would like the opportunity to learn creative skills, socialise and make new friends.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust – At the heart of the project, many of the participants are users of AWP mental health services and feel empowered to 'give something back' by donating their artwork to AWP environments at the end of the project. AWP holds the Fresh Art@ collection, which is on rotation around the hospitals.
Fresh Art@ is supported by a mental health support worker provided by AWP, a unique facet of the project which enables participants to feel safe and supported during the sessions and makes it accessible to individuals who may otherwise feel unable to attend due to anxieties around managing their mental health.
Creativity Works – A creative charity specialising in delivering outstanding creative projects with communities, Creativity Works' expertise makes running the Fresh Art@ project possible and connects individuals with groups, activities and artists in their local area.
Bath Museums (No1 Royal Crescent, The Holburne Museum, The American Museum) – The museums offer participants the opportunity to connect with their heritage and cultural community through the rich history of the collections. Drawing on the wealth of knowledge held by the museums and their staff, inspiration for the Fresh Art@ starts here.
Community Artist – a local socially engaged artist, providing quality art materials and expert guidance, directs the sessions. This inspires participants to learn, develop and grow their artistic practice.
Volunteer – A previous participant is offered the opportunity to join the team the following year as a volunteer, bringing their experience and giving valuable insight. The volunteer is able to work alongside the participants, offer their knowledge and support throughout the project whilst enriching their own confidence, self-esteem and group facilitation skills – gaining valuable experience.