Arts and Wellbeing

Calling all service users and staff for photos of art work to be exhibited in an Online Gallery: poems, photographs, paintings, textiles, sculptures, sketches, prints….time for your creativity to be seen!

Please send submissions as jpeg (up to 10MB max) to

All art is copyright.

Please fill in the consent form for the work to be shown on the Trust website: consent form

We’ll try and include everyone’s submissions. If there’s a big response we might need to limit the number of images per person.


What’s On in Sheffield

15-25 September 2016

In a dark wood: Words and images of mental distress across a century.

Bank Street Arts

This collaboration between Archive Sheffield, Sheffield Libraries, and Professor Brendan Stone (School of English) will explore changing perceptions of mental distress/illness by drawing both on contemporary accounts and on the photographic record of the former Middlewood Hospital in Sheffield. These large-plate glass negatives, kept in the Sheffield Archives and almost certainly unseen since their deposit at the turn of the 20th century, offer a powerful window into a different era of medical care. These anonymised images will be presented alongside contemporary audio reflections on the nature of illness/distress and care from people currently living with mental health problems. The combination of images and sound will represent a kind of dialogue across time which will generate insight and provoke thought about differing perceptions of mental health, as well as drawing out resonances. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to leave their own thoughts and reflections in response to the exhibits.

20 September 2016 onwards

Off the Shelf 2016 – Festival of Words 

24 September 2016

Ceramics workshop with Mary Else from 10am-1pm.  On Saturday she’ll be making Terracotta Platters and everyone will make something beautiful to take home.

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There are also about 4 spaces left on their handbuilding courses starting next week – so grab them while you can.

Looking further ahead we are running some amazing weekend art workshops. We really want to recommend Mixed Media story books with Katherine Soutar on 24 and 25 October. You’ll make your own beautiful book using a range of art media.

26 September and 28 September 2016

Former service users, carers and current service users of Sheffield adult mental health in-patient services are invited to an art and music event on the former Rowan Ward, at the Longley Centre.  There will be acoustic music, poems and reading running simultaneously with an art workshop on Wednesday 28 September.  A piece of collaborative art will be produced for display at the CAST exhibition at the Winter Gardens at the end of the week.


30 September – 01 October 2016

A look at Sheffield: Memories of Making the City.  Ann’s Road Community Centre, Heeley.  11am-3pm.

Walk-in event including photographs from around Sheffield in the 1960s and 1970s, local history and memorabilia.  Refreshments will be available.  The organisers hope the materials on who will spark conversations and memories.

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28 September 2016


29 September 2016


01 October 2016

South Yorkshire Art Therapy Services in conjunction with The Art House Sheffield are offering a free art workshop as part of Mental Health Week from 11am-1pm.  The theme of the workshop is Bridges not Barriers.  Donations to Childrens’ Hospital Herd of Sheffield Appeal are gratefully received.  Please e-mail to reserve your place.

01 October 2016

CAST Anthology Launch

Sheffield’s Creative Arts Support Team (CAST) and St Mary’s Timebuilders are launch a new anthology of poetry and artwork, in recognition of World Mental Health Week.  Exploring concepts of home, Keys to the Door, is a collection of work created over the past year by members of CAST: a group passionate about the benefits of art to wellbeing.

Working with mental health service users, carers and volunteers, CAST aims to promote creative expression as a benefit of everybody’s mental health.

The Keys to the Door launch will be held on 01 October at 2pm in the Art House, Sheffield.  Everyone is welcome.  The event will include talks and readings from the creators themselves and the chance to discuss themes introduced in the anthology: birthplace, exile, isolation, comfort and location.  Refreshments will be available and the book will also be on sale.

01 October – 16 October 2016

Bridges not Barriers – CAST Exhibition – Sheffield Winter Gardens and DINA Art Gallery


01-31 October 2016

The Big Draw Festival – online and worldwide.

04 October 2016

Poetry reading by well-known writer Debjani Chatterjee MBE.  12-12.30pm, Fulwood House Cafe, Tudor Building, Old Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3TH.  Admission free.  All welcome.



15 October 2016

Celebrate the Spirit of the Rainbow Heron (7pm start)

An evening of poetry, performance, music and dance exploring the short life of Dora Daniels, raising questions about mental health and how we deal with it.  Plus a chance to discuss some of the issues raised.

Theatre, Workshop, 4a Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD.  Book tickets.


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