Art Matters is a community arts studio & centre of wellbeing and mindfulness aiming to connect communities and provide creative pathways to recovery. It is part of the mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.
The studio offers a person centred approach in which artists are encouraged to explore their creativity, curiosity and develop new skills and confidence. At the heart of everything we do lies: hope, respect, enabling, inclusion. Art Matters offers a Peer support scheme for those attending.
Enrolment to Art Matters is done through referral. We offer short courses and one off workshops Artist in Residence opportunities and studio visits. Please contact the studio for more information and to request pack.
We have the sad news that artist Nick Wells recently passed away. Nick worked with Art Matters over many years. Inquisitive, brimming with creativity and ready to question perceived wisdoms, he worked in the performing arts as a self taught musician and a visual artist in painting, photography, film, printing and sculpture. Recently he’d worked in light – strings of coloured LED’s pulsing to movement, sound and vision. Nicks art was inspired by his restless curiosity about the world and in particular contemporary events and cutting edge technology, dismantling and reconstructing the ideas of science and medicine. He cared for the environment and humankind. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
To celebrate World Mental Health Day Art Matters created an installation of words across the studio in a work entitled ‘Memo to World Mental Health Day’. The work was photographed throughout the day and shared on our Instagram account at artmatters01. We also visited East Surrey College where Angie presented Head of Art Robert Jones with the third edition of the 20/20 Print Box collection. Thanks to David, Angie, Carol and everyone in making the day.
As part of the DAiSY (Disability Arts in Surrey) ‘Shaping our Future Spoken Word’ festival Art Matters are creating art-installations at Redhill, Woking and Epsom libraries entitled ‘Memo to the Future’. These interactive works will invite people to ask themselves what kind of world they see for themselves in the future. These words will become the ‘seeds’ for future installations. This work will also form the basis of our ‘World Mental Health Day on October 10th.
Art Matters, Parochial Hall, Earlswood Road, Redhill, RH1 6HE
01737 766212 or 07786 191153