Culture and Heritage:
A Reason to be @... Your Venue
ArtB: A Reason To Be...
Working in Partnership:
Research, development and delivery of the first Gallery based Arts on Prescription project of its kind in Wales.
Examples of referral organisations: G.Ps, Job Centre Plus, Carers Outreach, Cruise and Community Mental Health Teams.
There is a core model from which there are a number of different approaches depending on your needs.
"Its hard for some people to get out and do stuff unless its suggested by someone else that it might be good for you" (participant)
A Reason To Be @
Using exhibits as a tool for introducing creativity, improving inclusion and reducing social isolation while having a positive effect on mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Learning new skills and finding out about other opportunities to move onto.
"...Get rid of all my anxieties, loose myself in what I am doing instead of everything going around in my head" (participant)
Example of project at Oriel Ynys Môn. Gallery participants went onto:
1. Community courses
2. Family Art Psychotherapy
4. Voluntary work
5. Make art at home with family
6. Securing lasting and
7. Group exhibitions
Retention at 80 - 87%
Attendance at 78 - 88%
"This has brought me out. Never thought I could do anything. Helps me get up in the morning" (Participant)
The Pilot 2010 and subsequent projects 2011 and 2012 at Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery:
Funders: Arts Council of Wales and Oriel Ynys Môn, Gwynedd County Council
Recommendations / Referrals from: G.P.'s, Carers Outreach, Cruise Bereavement, Job Centre Plus, CMHT's etc.
'Next Step Option' speakers: Local community colleges, University community courses, Art clubs,
Art Therapist, Age well clubs etc.