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Art Matters Reopens.

We are pleased to announce that in a phased return, Art Matters reopened for sessions on Wednesday the 2nd September 2020.

Preparation for restart has been ongoing for many weeks and is inline with the Covid-19 Risk Assessment. There are changes to the way we work, to allow us to provide a safe environment and maintain social distancing measures. A new Sessional Timetable is in place, group numbers have been reduced and are limited to 6 people and sessions are activity based: painting, woodwork, print, textiles and 3D sessions. To enable everyone to be offered a place, sessions are every two weeks and to maintain new cleaning measures a maximum of two hours.

We are very pleased that most of our artists feel ready to start back and most sessions are fully subscribed. For those people who are not currently able to re-attend residencies will remain on hold and we will continue to send newsletters and stay in touch.
News Letter For the up-to-date news download PDF here.

New Referrals Art MAtters is not currently able to accept new referrals. This will be reviewed as we move forward.
Visits to the Studio are currently on hold.
The New Sessions Morning sessions are 10:00 - 12:00; Afternoon sessions from 1:00 - 3:00.
Artists are asked to arrive on time.
A new 3 point entry system is in place. This is clearly marked out and has been explained to all attending artists.
PPE will be worn by everyone in the studio, including face coverings and disposable gloves.
To help us maintain safe distancing spaces, attending artists take their work home when completed.
The kitchen will remain closed; anyone requiring a drink will bring their own.
All changes in place are to help keep us safe and will be reviewed regularly.
If you have any questions please email us at:


Art Matters is a community arts studio and centre of wellbeing and mindfulness.

As part of the mental health chairty Richmond Fellowship, Art Matters aims to connect communities and provide pathways to recovery.

At the heart of everything we do, lies: hope, respect, enabling and inclusion.
Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual.
Respect: valuing differences and all contributions.
Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals.
Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.


The studio offers a personal approach, in which artists are encouraged to explore their creativity; in this way artists can develop new skills and confidence.

If you feel that your mental health would benefit through attending Art Matters, please contact the studio for more information; enrolment is by referral, you can download the referral form here. download


There are several ways members of the public can become involved in supporting Art Matters: attending Workshops and Open Days, being a Friend, Volunteering and an Artist in Residence position.

Workshops: You can join an Open Studio Workshop during Surrey Arts Open Studios in June.
Open Days: You can attend the Studio Open Day.
Friends of Art Matters: Interested in supporting Art Matters further? Submit a Friends-or Art Matters form here.
Voluntary Opportunities: Contact the studio.
Surrey Artists in Residence: As a practicing artist you can have access to the studio to develop your personal practice, whilst gaining experience in the role art has in relation to mental health.

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