Art Branches was set up in 2015 to improve peoples’ health and wellbeing through creative projects linked to the environment. Our projects take place across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
There is established evidence that the arts can have a significant effect on emotional wellbeing and mental health. We believe that being part of a creative community can contribute significantly to the recovery of wellbeing and lead to a confident re-engagement in life.
Art Branches run 4-6 weeks long social prescriptions in outdoor settings; as well as one off wellbeing workshops and pop up events. Workshops are open to people recovering from a period of emotional distress and to those who are drawn to the arts as an antidote to the sometimes overwhelming stresses of life.
All workshops are led by professional artists with experience in working with clients with mental health difficulties. They may be assisted by peer supporting volunteers. The workshops are varied in nature and include photography, drawing skills, poetry, painting, collage, exploring history and creative journaling.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Area served
- Bury St Edmunds
Art Branches workshops travel around the East of England and work in different venues according to needs of groups and type of workshop. We run group work and individual work in schools, colleges and libraries. Many workshops take place out of doors, in the forest, Country Parks, Abbey gardens, Bury St Edmunds or the coast.
- Age Groups
- Adults, Young people
- Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities
Work with vulnerable children with additional needs. MHFA and KUF (Suffolk Mind)
- Stephanie Hartick
- Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Mental health conditions
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Tree Tales Rated 5 out of 5
100%positive feedback from all 48 children involved in project
Review submitted on 04/12/2017