The Gallery


Art for Therapy

Exhibition runs from 10/10/08 until 03/11/08
Gallery Open: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm


An exhibition exploring how art and creativity are used as therapeutic tools together with raising awareness for World Mental Health Day

Art for Therapy

This exhibition coincides with World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2008, and is made up of artwork created by the Pass It On Project at the Hull Carers' Centre and patients attending two creative art groups taking place in the Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust.

Pass It On is an Arts and Health programme run by the Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust. The Trust's Arts and Health team works with artists to provide people with new creative and artistic experiences. For this project Carers are given the opportunity to gain new skills and an appreciation of different art forms. The sessions help to build confidence and self esteem and offer participants time away from their caring responsibilities giving them a chance to relax, socialise and mix with others in a supportive environment.

Art for Therapy

The Younger Peoples Memory Service Art Group was started about a year ago and has proved very successful. Members, who suffer with memory problems, are referred to the group by the nursing team and attend once a week.  Maister Lodge, the acute inpatient unit for older people with mental health problems of all types, has had art groups running for a number of years, these form part of the treatment plan for the patient during their stay.

The aims of the art therapy groups are to provide opportunities for the creative use of art materials, enabling individuals to make steps towards producing a piece of art work, in an environment which reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation. To encourage group interaction, relationship building, personal reminiscences and expression of feeling. To stimulate the memory into recalling past events in the present which mirror the past experience, therefore giving meaning and solidity to recent memories.

The response to these groups by patients, carers and staff has always been positive.  A big thank you goes to all those that have been involved.

 Art for Therapy






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