St. Charles: Art for Wellbeing.

A new art for health programme devised by the Association for Cultural Advancement thorough Visual Art (ACAVA) has received funding from the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG).

Between January and June 2016 ACAVA will facilitate the programme which provides local people the opportunity to learn new art skills while working alongside a professional artist and health professionals to create a series of new art works for permanent display within the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
 
Four individual projects will run for a period of 6 weeks each, facilitated by professional artists, each project will focus on a particular art technique, including silk screen printing and resin casting. Participants will work individually and collaboratively, creating both a personal body of work as well as contributing to the permanent St Charles art collection. All members of our diverse North Kensington community are welcome to participate and take the opportunity to benefit from increased community cohesion, reduced social isolation and the positive impact creativity has on overall wellbeing.
 
The project will also facilitate a two way conversation between diverse groups of local people and health professionals to provide advice and feedback on health services delivered from the St Charles Centre and within the community.
 
A public community event to celebrate the achievements of project participants will take place in June 2016, in partnership with NHS Property Services who manage the St Charles Centre, as part of the internationally recognised London Creativity and Wellbeing Week.
 
Any local people interested in participating or health/community professionals keen to find out more can contact ACAVA Programme Manager, Isabella Niven, iniven@acava.org or 0208 960 5015.