Picture1We run three friendly well-being groups each week for adults (18 years and upwards) who have mental health issues, stress or anxiety.

These sessions are supervised by Art House staff who have considerable experience of working with people with a variety of  health issues.  In addition we have a number of trained volunteers helping in the studio to ensure a supportive environment and any advice about your creative work.

These sessions are designed allow students to work at their own pace on individual or group projects:

  • Creative Potters – Mondays (10 am – 12 noon),
  • Inspired Potters – Wednesdays (1 pm – 3 pm)
  • Creative Artists (using a variety of art materials) – Thursdays (1 pm – 3 pm)

Over time students are supported to identify a suitable progression route that allows them to learn new skills, discover their talents and find additional ways where they can explore their interest in art and pottery.

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Is there a cost?

£18 for those people on a Personal Budget (allocated by the NHS/Mental Health Service).

Please note – from attending this 2-hour weekly class the student can gain access to other free support and creative sessions at no further cost (for example the Stepping Stones class).

For those people who have not been granted a Personal Budget we ask for a donation towards the running of the groups – we can discuss this with you when you come to visit.

What do I get from attending?

  • A supportive learning environment.
  • Access to a wide range of art and pottery materials.
  • Volunteers, working as assistants to the class tutor assistants, offering more individual support and guidance each week.
  • Working with the tutors to find your progression route of how you want to develop your interest in art or pottery, or greater involvement in helping around the studios or the Art House.
  • We run “Stepping Stones” classes for students who want to work towards attending some of our commercial workshops and courses – these classes have a clear curriculum to cover the specific art or pottery project that is being run in the group.
  • Opportunity to put your work into the regular Art House student exhibitions and attend exhibition previews.

How do I start attending the classes?

For the latest information on whether we have any space in the group for new students or if you require any further information please email:


After contacting Sarah we always suggest that potential students arrange to come and visit so they can attend the class as a trial session before committing to attending the group(s) on an ongoing basis.  At that visit we can discuss your particular interests in art and pottery and how we can support you.

For further information click on the links below:

Our service aims – CLICK HERE!

Further information for referral agencies – CLICK HERE!

Case studies – CLICK HERE!

Pending coffee scheme – CLICK HERE!